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LEEP Procedure 101

By October 14, 2008

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If your doctor tells you that you need have the LEEP procedure, you may wonder if he wants you to jump. However, the LEEP procedure has nothing to do with jumping. The LEEP procedure is one of several tools your doctor has available to help diagnose and treat abnormal cervical cells, or cervical dysplasia, discovered on your annual Pap smear. Learn what to expect during, and after, the LEEP procedure.

Has your doctor recommended the LEEP procedure? Have you had the LEEP procedure? Leave a comment and share your experiences.

October 15, 2008 at 2:41 pm
(1) therese says:

I had this done a few months ago cuz I have HPV. The strain that causes cervical cancer. I had severe Dysplasia. Make sure to take some kinda pain med before hand. (yes check w/yous dr) but when they tell you it dosnt really hurt…bullshit! Its not untorrable, but its pretty damn uncomfortable!!! I had pretty bad pain while getting it done!

October 16, 2008 at 9:14 pm
(2) sue says:

I had a minor leap done 2 week ago.But for a week know I have been having an odor in my discharge. Should I be worried?

October 17, 2008 at 2:58 am
(3) GRACE says:


October 21, 2008 at 11:38 pm
(4) Cleo says:

Yes, I had one a couple of months ago, and I was in terrible pain during and after. I bled for almost a week and the emotional effects can be brutal. Luckily it will help prevent future cervical cancer. Get checked regularly.

October 23, 2008 at 1:03 pm
(5) Sarah says:

I just had one a week ago. It was uncomfortable, but they used a local anesthetic and it helped with the pain. I only had bleeding that day. I had it done on a Wednesday afternoon and took Thursday off. I went back to work on Friday and was fine. I took ibuprophen, but otherwise it was ok.

The doctor and nurse were informative throughout the whole thing (which lasted about 30 seconds!) and constantly asked how I was doing. It took longer for them to set up than the whole thing.

October 28, 2008 at 2:55 pm
(6) TaRa says:

ohh yuck…I had this procedure in December of 2007. I thought that the colposcopy was more uncomfortable during the actual procedure, but the LEEP was definitely worse after leaving the doctor’s office. Gross, strange things kept coming out over the next couple days. Ugh, I cringe just thinking about it. GET YOUR PAPS REGULARLY so you never have to have this done!!! Prevention is the best medicine! It is costly and unpleasant!

October 29, 2008 at 3:35 am
(7) Alicia says:

I had the LEEP procedure done in June 08′ and it was the worst thing EVER! The procedure was uncomfortable , but it was what happened after that was terrifying! The Doctor told me I would have some bleeding the first day then I would be fine. So on our way home we stop at the store and all of a sudden I feel a “whoosh” you know that feeling! We rush home and I had blood clot after blood clot, I knew something wasn’t right. I called the Doctor’s office they told me I was fine and to just lay down and if Im still bleeding in 2 days call or come in! WTF!? I was bleeding so bad that I was changing my maxi pad every 20 min. I went back to the Doctor the next day to see what was going on, this was not normal he had cut an artery had to cauterized it and said I was fine gave me iron pills and sent me on my way. Well, not so much the next day I was still a mess had to go to the ER found out I lost 4 units of blood was anemic and almost had a blood transfusion! I go for my next pap soon, and it wont be with that DOCTOR!

November 5, 2008 at 12:08 pm
(8) Julie says:

I had the LEEP procedure done twice, once in 1995, and again in 2007. Both were due to cervical dysplasia, the 2007 incident being stage 4. My only reason for sharing this is that another commenter said it will prevent future cervical cancer. That isn’t true. It can keep happening, obviously. Make sure you get your paps regularly. I insist on every year with my doctor, even though they say it’s safe to wait two years after normal paps.

November 5, 2008 at 8:21 pm
(9) Geneva says:

I had the LEEP procedure done today. Please know that the shots used to inject the anesthesia are EXTREMELY uncomfortable. I jumped several times due to the pain. During the procedure I could still feel pressure but it was nothing compared to the shots. I’m not saying this to alarm anyone but rather just letting you know. Sometimes I think it is easier to deal with when you know what to expect. As the other bloggers have said be sure to get your paps done regularly. I’ve been dealing with this for 2.5 years and hope this is the end of abnormal test results. I will be there getting checked every year or as often as the dr. directs for the rest of my life!

November 10, 2008 at 12:04 pm
(10) mnriley says:

Just had the procedure today. Not bad at all.There is a little discomfort but nothing traumatic.

November 15, 2008 at 2:00 pm
(11) Sherill says:

I had my LEEP procedure done last Wednesday (11/12); I had been reading blogs prior to my procedure date and mostly, I’ve seen women suggesting to have it done in a hospital as out patient…and so I did. I don’t remember a thing, no pain, no cramping, the only thing that was horrible was the after effect of anesthesia…massive headache in the recovery room!

It’s been my third day today and still no bleeding, just occasionally liquidy, very very light reddish-orangy discharge…no cramping at all.

November 25, 2008 at 10:17 am
(12) Terri says:

Hi ladies,

I’m having the procedure in Jan so it’s a bit away for me yet but I see a lot of women saying it’s the worst pain EVER! How many of you have kids? Cause to me that was the worst pain EVER. I’m just trying to get a comparison so I know what I’m in for. Thanks.

November 25, 2008 at 5:40 pm
(13) Evelyn says:

Hi Terri,

I just had my Leep procedure done last Thursday. It was pretty uncomfortable but my doctor numbed me up good. I had very little bleeding and minor cramping afterwards. I did take an extra strength tylenol an hour before. I personally thought the colposcopy was a lot more painful. I gave birth to two boys and this is far from that type of pain. Get rest after the procedure along with some pain killer and you should be fine.

Happy Holidays :)

November 26, 2008 at 3:57 pm
(14) Amanda says:

I just had a LEEP done yesterday. I have moderate and severe dysplasia. I worked myself up about how bad it was going to be, but honestly, it wasn’t that bad at all. The injections they give you to numb your cervix hurt for about 30 seconds but then it’s a breeze. The smell during the procedure is pretty bad, but it’s over so quickly, I feel I stressed out for nothing. If you have to have this procedure done, know that it’s not as bad as it sounds. I had cramping for about 5 hours and today I am perfectly fine. Best of luck to everyone!

November 27, 2008 at 9:01 pm
(15) Melissa says:

I had the LEEP procedure done yesterday under “twilight sleep” anesthesia and it was a breeze. Do not have this done in the office. Ask to be put under in a hospital or surgery center and you won’t feel a thing. I am having some cramping today, but very little bleeding or pain.

November 29, 2008 at 11:13 pm
(16) Stella says:

I had my Leep done on 11/19/08 due to CIN 2. The procedure was very uncomfortable but once you have had a Colposcopy done, you strangely get familiar with the discomfort. I continued working after the procedure as my doctor said it should be fine. In the first week I had bits of continuous black discharge, however started to bleed on day nr 7 until present (not having my period yet). I don’t think this should be happening but can’t call my doctor due to the holidays. Has this happened to anyone else??

November 30, 2008 at 4:46 pm
(17) adrian says:

I had a LEEP 11/20 with twilight anesthia, which I highly recommend (even though I might not say that when I get the bill). I’ve had some mild cramping and some crazy brown and black discharge. Today I’ve had some bleeding which I’m kind of worried about. The RN said it might be my period- which would be extremely early, or break through bleeding. She said not to worry because it is not heavy bleeding but has anyone had this similar symptom? I had the LEEP 1.5 weeks ago and I think it is strange that I’m bleeding now.

December 5, 2008 at 9:09 am
(18) Angie says:

I had my leep done on 11/20, i had the choice to be put under at the hospital and said yes. I woke up and wondered if they forgot to do anything. No pain or discharge until 3 days later and then it was very light bleeding.
I am a bit sore now from wearing a pad since then though because my period came the next week.
Last night I stood up and felt a gush like never before. I passed 4 large clots and soaked my pants to the point they had to be thrown out along with the bathroom mat I placed them on. There was so much blood it soaked through the mat onto the floor as well!
I was told to call if I had a blood flow more than a normal period so I am waiting for the office to open up to ask about this now.
Its nice to know it happened to others, thanks!

December 8, 2008 at 2:10 am
(19) talvarez says:

I had a leep last year 12/08 and it was the worst pain ever! I had the shot to “numb” the pain. Please!! it didn’t help. I almost passed out and the dr. kept saying “no you’re not feeling anything”. Lots of cramping/bleeding. If you ever have to get one tell them you want to be knocked out. On the 4th day I was in so much pain I had to have my brother in law pick up my daughter from schoo. I was bleeding for 4 weeks. Around the 4th week (still wearing a pad) I was out to dinner with my family and all of a sudden I felt a gush (which felt like water). Went to the restroom and it was a gush of blood. I had to change the pad every 10 minutes. This went on for about 2 to 3 hours. Went home and called the dr. and was told if I was still bleeding in the morning to go to the ER. She thought it was that my cervix was probably swollen and the swelling went down then all the blood came flushing out. My husband was worried because I was pale. I should’ve went to the dr., but the next day it was over.
My results were negative, but I have to have a pap ever 4 months for 2 years and so far my paps have been good
Since my leep a year ago, my period blood has been brownish/red in color.
I’m going again tomorrow! oh yeah!! will ask why my period doesn’t feel normal.
Good luck to anyone who has to go through this hell!!

December 10, 2008 at 4:31 pm
(20) Jessica says:

I had the LEEP procedure done in 2002 after finding out I had HPV. I was really nervous before getting it done but honestly it wasn’t that bad. The only weird thing is that after I got the anesthesia shot I was told my heart would feel like it was beating out of my chest, and that’s true. Other than that the procedure was painless and afterwards I didn’t have any cramping or bleeding. I am so thankful I had this procedure done.

It is so important to get your yearly exam done. In 2001 my pap was normal and in 2002 it came back abnormal so it can happen quickly. I’m just glad I was able to get it treated early and since then all of my paps have been normal.

December 17, 2008 at 1:21 am
(21) Amy says:

I had the LEEP procedure done 12/10/08 and I was freaking out because everyone says it’s so bad. No it’s not!! I had local anesthetic, but the Dr. used a spray first to numb my cervix and then gave me the injection. I barely felt anything. I was more nervous than anything. It lasted about 15 minutes and then it was over. I mostly felt pressure, no pain, sometimes it was just uncomfortable. Don’t worry! The only thing that sucks is the odor and the drainage for a couple weeks after.

December 18, 2008 at 1:27 pm
(22) Ash says:

I have already had the coloscopy done a few weeks ago. I am not getting the LEEP procedure the day after Christmas. I knew I should not have gone online to read about this procedure, but too late. After reading everyones comments, I am freaking out. The coloscopy hurt me so bad. The doctor said it probably hurt me because I have a smaller frame. Does this really have anything to do with the level of discomfort? Regardless, my anxiety level about this procedure and pain has been extremely high. How long does the pain last? Is it really that terrible? Please help!!

December 18, 2008 at 6:34 pm
(23) maeve says:

I had the LEEP done today and it wasn’t so bad, for me the coloscopy was worse as you don’t know what you are getting into if you haven’t had one before – based on my experience today you don’t need to freak out and believe me i was after reading this website the 1st time too

December 18, 2008 at 8:13 pm
(24) Lisa says:

I had the leep this past tues. Today is thurs and I havent had any bleeding or cramping. For those that are reading these and becoming more worried….know everyone is different. You may walk away like I did, shocked that the bleeding/cramping never came.
Hang in there, it’s not so bad…really!

December 20, 2008 at 10:57 am
(25) Sherrie says:

I am actually going to have my procedure done on January 14th. Now I know everyone is different. When I had the biopsy done it was so painful that I could barely walk afterwards. I am really nervous. I asked her if they were going to give me anything to numb me and she said some gel. I would just like to have some advise.

December 28, 2008 at 6:23 pm
(26) kathy says:

After a bad pap in Oct I had a coloscopy it was pretty uncomfortable but bearable. I was told I needed to have the LEEP done in the office in Nov. I am so glad I did some research into this procedure and grateful for all the input from all of you. My body does not do well with local anthesics. I dont “numb up”. (past bad experiences: dentist put drill through my lip, vein closure surgery with laser – jumping on the table) I was starting to panic and after three weeks of begging- one week to get past the office nurse who kept trying to tell me that it was not necessary to have it done in the hospital -I got to my doctor and she agreed to do the procedure as outpatient in the hospital Jan 9.

December 30, 2008 at 12:03 am
(27) Lisa says:

This is a follow up to my other comments….After 3 days of no discharge or pain, I did begin to have an annoying discharge. I wore pantyliners for the 3 or 4 days and then it stopped. No pain/blood ever came.

December 30, 2008 at 10:55 am
(28) Julia says:

I had a LEEP procedure done in August 2007. I was an emotional mess for a couple of weeks afterwards, but that seems to have corrected itself, thank GOD. Now, over a year later, I have a complete lack of sex drive. Has anyone else experienced this? Is this normal?

December 30, 2008 at 10:24 pm
(29) so scared says:

Hi i just found out today that I have moderate cervical dysplasia and need a LEEP. I am only 22 and very scared. How will this affect me having children? Also my doctor says I need to do this in the hospital as an outpatient, I don’t want to get put to sleep, can I ask to get this done with just local anesthetic? Also what is the difference between cervical displasia and CIS? Thanks

January 3, 2009 at 8:06 pm
(30) Beverly says:

I had this done in July. It was simple. I was nervous and somewhat embarrassed, but I felt no pain at all! I had some spotting-but nothing like when I had the biopsy leading up to the LEEP-that was horrible!

January 4, 2009 at 10:36 am
(31) Sandi says:

I am having the LEEP procedure done tomorrow at a hospital. I too, am scared to death. Not so much of the procedure, but the fact that they are completely knocking me out. They are having to knock me out because when I had the colposcopy, It took them forever to get me to quit bleeding. So, now I am really worried. As far as the colposcopy..it hurt really bad. I had to have my mom holding my hand. And NO, I did not watch the screen. That is horrible!

January 6, 2009 at 4:41 pm
(32) Michelle says:

I am having a LEEP done on the 23rd of Jan and am nervous. I HAVE to have it done in the Dr’s office because I have 5 children and no one to drive me home (my husband will be with the children) the only way I can drive home is if I have it under a local. But, some of these comments are scaring me. I have lost 40 lbs since I had the pap and about 30 since the colposkopy. Also, my colpo was normal and I am not sure why they want me to continue on to have the LEEP. But, am worried about being out of commission and not being able to take care of my children. I am also worried about pain. I had a 10lb 3 oz baby (in July) with no epidural..it honestly wasn’t bad, but I was scared..Can you relate this to child birth (if you can)? I’m trying to figure out what to expect.

January 8, 2009 at 4:55 pm
(33) Andrea says:

I had a LEEP done yesterday 01/07/09. I thought that the Biopsy was way more uncomfortable. It didn’t hurt at all except being uncomfortable. I have no bleeding but I am having a few cramps.

January 8, 2009 at 8:56 pm
(34) Iris Davis says:

I had the procedure done yesterday on January 7th, and I had read the blog the day before, and it worried me, but I did not feel the application of the anesthesia at all and the doc. used two syringes,and the procedure was not bad at all. I did not feel anything, only a couple of times,which was not bad at all. So far I only had a little spotting, and a few faint pains. I too thought the biopsy was almost worse.

January 9, 2009 at 2:42 pm
(35) Casey says:

I had the Leep procedure done Jan.7. I pretty much set myself up for the worst and it ended up not being that bad. Everybody handles pain differently but if you can get through a normal pap exam then you can get through this. The only thing that was weird was when he started to remove the bad stuff I could feel heat, not hot but heat like the sun shining on a hot day. All I kept telling myself was it needs to be done. I’ve learned a lot about abnormal paps and how important it is to take care of your body.

January 9, 2009 at 5:33 pm
(36) Michelle says:

I’m having the procedure done on Monday and forgot to ask the Doctor’s office about any removal of a clitoris ring. Does anyone know if the removal is necessary for this procedure?

January 9, 2009 at 9:10 pm
(37) kathy says:

I had my leep procedure today. When I arrived at the outpatient surgery I was relieved that my nurse for pre-op was someone I knew. She said I did the right thing by asking to have it done at the hospital.
The nurse said I would not feel or remember anything and she was right. They put the meds in my vien and I woke up in recovery feeling fine.
The doc said that there may be some discharge of the brown mustard colored coffee ground variety but that would pass. She said I may experience bleeding in a couple of days and then again in 9 to 14 days as the cells regrow

January 15, 2009 at 2:16 pm
(38) LaLa says:

Hi Ladies! I had the leep procedure done the day after Christmas. I was terrified weeks ahead when I learned I was going to have this procedure done. Reading comments from other people’s experience both hurt and helped me. Everyone will experience different pain levels. I like to believe, my tolerance of pain is very low. I had a coloscopy done before Thanksgiving and it hurt me so bad. I could feel the doctor literally pinching me. I thought the LEEP would be even worse. I had a mild panic attack on the way to get the LEEP done. My sister came in with me during the procedure. Would you believe I didnt even know when he gave me the pain medicine in my cervix? I only assumed I already recieved the needle, because I began to feel a little dizzy. Procedure was quick, and for the most part not bad at all, until the end. He got one spot that hurt like hell, couldnt even describe the feeling, but I jumped up when it happened. As soon as I did that, he said I was done. Overall, it sucked, but def. not as bad as I worked myself up to. It is not fun stuff, but its neccessary and honestly, it was tolerable. It will be over before you know it. Right before the procedure, when I was having a panic attack, my sister put this Origins Sensory Therapy (Peace of Mind) cream under my nose. I know this sounds crazy, put the second i breathed it in, it def calmed me down a little bit. As a matter of fact, later that weekend, I bought one for myself. Works great for headaches, calms you down, and put some under your nose when your on the subway or talking to someone who smells bad ;) Good luck ladies.!!

January 16, 2009 at 11:27 am
(39) Kristy says:

I had this procedure done, and for those of you scared, and others saying how bad it hurts, it did NOT hurt me at ALL!!! I was in and out in 10 minutes. And that included my undress and dress time. I had a local anastetic, which didnt hurt, then the procedurfe itself took like 5 seconds. I had mild bleeding and mild cramps no worse than your period. I was playing tennis that same day with my husband! Some peoples pain tolerance is different but it did not hurt one tiny bit. not even uncomfortable.

January 16, 2009 at 8:17 pm
(40) Leslie says:

I had mine done yesterday…i was absolutely scared to death after reading these comments!! To the point i was in tears when i got there. This procedure is a breeze!!! The whole thing took 5 mins!! No cramping, no bleeding, no pain relievers needed. I’ll say it again please don’t stress!!! It’s no worse than a regular pelvic exam!! Take a deep breath and it’s over!!!

January 16, 2009 at 8:41 pm
(41) Tori says:

I just got my results back from my colposcopy and it says I have severe dysplasia and that they recomend the LEEP procedure. After reading the panphlit that they gave me I am terrified to see that they will numb my cervix, I totally understand why but am terrified on how much the numbing is going to hurt! I have a daughter that I gave birth to without any pain relief, I’m pretty sure I can get through this….right?????!!

January 19, 2009 at 5:38 am
(42) Emily says:

I had a LEEP a week and a half ago… I’m so glad I didn’t read up on it beforehand because I would have been terrified by all of the negative comments! My Dr was really amazing – willing to take loads of time answering my questions and explaining everything as thoroughly as she could. I barely felt the anasthetic injection and didn’t feel the procedure at all.
I’d had a biopsy about a week before and that hurt SO much more than any of the pain I’ve had since the LEEP.
After the pain meds wore off from my LEEP, I was uncomfortable and just wanted to curl up and feel sorry for myself – I took the next day off work but had no pain until the evening when it kind of hit me out of nowhere. I took a couple of advil and was fine.
My discharge for the first week smelled pretty funky but after doing some reading it sounds like that’s at least somewhat normal.

I did, however, slip up with the “no sex for 4 weeks) rule and am paying for it. I’m really crampy today but so far no bleeding. I know 4 weeks seems like ages but it’s definitely worth listening to the Dr on that one, both for the pain factor but also peace of mind.

January 20, 2009 at 1:12 am
(43) Sharron says:

I have to have the procedure done on 02/02/09. I’ve had a cryo and colpo and both hurt like all hell. I’m terrified because after years of regular normal paps after the cryo, now within a few months an abnormal pap and now LEEP. I know that it is going to hurt. What upsets me is that I’ve had to have these “pre-cancerous cells” removed twice already. It isn’t working! What are they gonna do next time?!

January 20, 2009 at 4:16 pm
(44) Michelle says:

I had the leep on 1/16. I felt great afterward. I was really nervous about it. The doctor explained to me what he was going to do. It took like 5 min. I couldn’t believe how quick it was. Aftward, he said I was all cured. I have had no bleeding. I did feel really tired and have a little bit of cramping and some depression over the last couple of days. The doc said I can workout as usual and no sex or tampons for 2 weeks. I said I have read message boards that say 4 weeks and they said they tell all there patients 2 weeks. I should be healed bu than.

January 23, 2009 at 12:29 am
(45) Nicole says:

I had the LEEP procedure in 2004. It was very uncomfortable and painful. I am glad I got the procedure on a Friday so I had the enitre weekend to recovery. In 2006, I had a son who was delivered by C-section. After 3 days in labor I only dialated 2 cm!!! My doctor told me that it was due to my LEEP procedure. I must say that after the LEEP I did not have any adnormal paps but I experienced a strange side effect. When I get turned on if I do not have that release the pleasure of being turned on could become painful. Have any of you experienced this? My husband loves it because he knows that if I get turned on my aggression level increases because I need to have that release to avoid the strange side effect.

January 28, 2009 at 7:34 pm
(46) Debra says:

I had the LEEP 8am Tues Jan 27th in the doctor’s office. Procedure was painless and quick. Small prick from the needle made me jump – but not painful in the least. The doctor took two samples of cells. The day after the procedure, Wed Jan 28th I walked my usual couple of miles over the lunch hour – moderate pace. No cramping, bleeding, after effects. An easy procedure – and this from a woman who has never experienced child birth!

January 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm
(47) Ashley says:

Hi everyone. I have a question for anyone who is listening!

I had the LEEP procedure done on thursday and it is now wednesday of the following week.. so 6 days later. I have bad cramping pain/shooting pains although I never had much the past week? I Also got checked yesterday for infection and it it healing just fine. So I know its not infection. Also there has been NO blood, just the light coloured discharge. I Don’t see alot of people saying much about pain days/weeks later. Is this common?
thanks :)

January 30, 2009 at 11:02 pm
(48) shelly says:

Oh come on i had the procedure today and i read these comment before i went and, no pain my doctor is super i did not even feel the needle. 10 mins. it over just like he told me. I love my doctor god bless him and his hands. I told him i would refer alot of women to him. located at montefiore medical center dept. of obsterics & gynecology and women’s health 3332 rochambeau ave bronx ny 10467 ph. 718-920-5157 appointments. doctor name: scott chudnoff. #4 train to moshula pkwy uptown. Believe me he is good, and for the people that are going to do this procedure stop believing the lies, like i did.

January 31, 2009 at 11:30 pm
(49) shelly says:

Hey its day two 1/31/09 lite color, not heavy at all, no cramping, no pain. I feel great.

February 3, 2009 at 7:13 pm
(50) Ashley says:

You cannot say that what these women have experienced is a lie in any means.
I had the procedure and did not have cramps or pains right away.
It actually came on a few days/almost a week later even tho there is no infection.
EVERYONE heals/ feels pain differently..
Not to mention that there are different ways this procedure is done.
Thank you

February 5, 2009 at 4:49 am
(51) Scared says:

I had the LEEP procedure done on the 29th of January 2009. I started bleeding yesterday and I’m pretty frightened. I had clots come out. I’m not soaking pads like some other women wrote but I am bleeding often enough to scare me. Like I said I had clots so even more so it’s worrying me. I don’t know what to do. Should I go into Emergency? Should I just wait til my follow up appoinment on Monday, Feb. 9? Please someone help…I’m really scared!!!

February 6, 2009 at 1:29 pm
(52) Rebecca says:

I had the leep procedure done on Jan 30. It has been a week now. I was actually sent to the hospital and put under for the procedure I think it is mostly cause I am a big baby and my doctor didnt even want to attempt it otherwise. LOL. Anywayz I felt great after my surgery. I woke up went to the bathroom, ate and went home. I experience some brown/red discharge which they said was completly normal. I had no pain what so ever even though he did prescribe pain medication. I have not had to use it at all yet. Just yesterday I started expierencing some gray/black coffe grind looking discharge. It has a strange smell but not completely something that makes you wanna puke. I called my dr today to see if this was normal. He hasnt called back yet so I am still unsure. I have no fever or any pain what so ever. Has this ever happened to any of you!!!! Other than this, the procedure is a breeze. Some people take it different depending on their tolerance to pain. I had the lucky fortune of being knocked out for it. Good luck to you all… Im sure you will be just fine

February 11, 2009 at 9:03 am
(53) Lynn D says:

Had the LEEP done a week ago. The doctor said there would be discharge, but I have been having what appears to be big clumps of tissue come out. It just makes me sick to my stomach at the look of it. The procedure itself was uncomfortable and I still get light cramps almost a week later. When does it all go away?

February 11, 2009 at 2:42 pm
(54) Grace says:

i’m supposed to be scheduling my leep procedure soon, and i was told i was supposed to go to the hospital as an out patient instead of getting it done in the office because of my age. I’m only 23, how common is it for people my age to have this procedure, because i can’t seem to get that answer anywhere.

February 12, 2009 at 2:27 am
(55) Breanna says:

Well, for the comment above mine.. I don’t know how “normal” it is. I can tell you that I am 17 years old, and having to have this procedure done next month. They did the colpo twice within the past year. The first hurt like a son of a bitch! (I was not prepared) Although the second went rather smoothly because I knew what to exspect. Im not nervous about the LEEP, just the fact that if they do find something worse than what they thought, I might have to have a hysterectomy. That is the worse case scenario, but still scary in the least! Any advice? For some reason there has been several things going wrong with my body in the past month. (HIGH CHOLESTEROL, HYPOTHYROID, PCOS).. Someone give me some positive feedback please! :(

February 15, 2009 at 9:09 pm
(56) TJ says:

OK…..RELAX EVERYONE!!! I was told I needed a LEEP due to CIN 3-CIS. I was a nervous wreck, it was all I thought about, I thought 4 sure it was the end of the world. I am the biggest baby on the face of the earth. I am here to let everyone know that it’s not that big of a deal. If I was able to go through it, anyone can. Trust me!! My doctor gave me a pain killer and a Xanax to take before the procedure. It helped so much. :) I felt no pain at all while she was numbing my cervix. Maybe a little pressure, but that was it, no pain. The LEEP itself lasted less than 60 seconds. I only had one small area she had to remove, it went very quickly. During the LEEP I did feel a warm sensation, but that was it, no pain at all! When the procedure was over, I actually felt a little embarrassed. I got so worked up over absolutely nothing.

February 17, 2009 at 10:00 am
(57) mac says:

FOR BREANNA: i’m sorry to hear that you are having so many problems at such a young age.
have you talked to your doc about seeing an endocrinologist? i just wonder, since you are hypothyroid and having pcos at the same time. hang in there, i know how hard it is to have a lot of problems at once that don’t seem to fit together and leave the doctors wondering what is going on.

FOR ALL the posters who tell everyone a leep is no big deal: everyone is different. and every leep procedure is a little different because of it. mine wasn’t too painful, but they couldn’t get the bleeding to stop (they finally gave up on trying to cauterize and gave me two stitches). so what some have described here as a ten minute procedure lasted an hour for me.

my best advice: talk and ask questions. talking helped to keep me distracted (an hour in that position required distraction) and asking questions helped calm my fear (and, for me, when i asked if i should be feeling pain, was told no, that probably the anesthesia was wearing off, so they gave me a third shot. it made all the difference).

February 17, 2009 at 1:40 pm
(58) Stacey says:

Hi I’m 23years old and have 2 kids. I got the news yesterday that I have to go to the hosp. in April to have this Leep done. My doctor said I have moderate dysplasia and he also said its starting to go into the canal so i’m really freaking out about this. My doc said he didn’t feel the need to do the conebiopsy. I’m wondering if this leep is going to get all of this or what? After the coply I almost passed out I got so lightheaded. Did anyone else expierence this with their colpy?

February 19, 2009 at 2:05 am
(59) Breanna says:

Mac, I have not yet seen an endocrinologist, they are all booked up around my area. My appt. is in april and it was schedualed months ago! I do thank you for your concern, and it’s nice knowing someone cares! My appt. for the LEEP is on March 6 and my pre op is next Friday Feb 26. Lately i’ve just been preoccupied with Mardi Gras (NOLA resident), so that’s helped! As far as the hypothyroid my primary physcian prescribed me 100 mcg of synthroid and put me on a 1500 calorie a day diet. So far I’ve lost 6 pounds, so im guessing the medication is working? lol The PCOS, well they said theres nothing they can do about it, and it wont really affect much untill im trying to get pregnant. Basically I have a “built in birth control”! lol Im dealing with everything day by day, and taking one step at a time.. and again thanks for your concern! :)

February 19, 2009 at 3:05 pm
(60) Tabitha says:

I have high risk HPV and severe displaysia, and had the procedure yesterday. It didn’t hurt me a bit. To me, the worst part has been the intense cramps i’m having.

February 19, 2009 at 10:17 pm
(61) Christina says:

I had a LEEP Procedure done about 2 days ago. It was horrible it hurt so bad during that my body would not stop shaking and I told the doctor about the amount of pain that i was in. I explained to her early on that most pain meds do not work for me. So The 4 shots that she gave me didn’t do anything but add to the pain that i was feeling. I called my mom right after and cried about the pain that i went threw, a few moments later my husband brought the car around and i hugged him and cried. It was worst then having labor pains. But the worst part was that the Doctor didn’t even seem to care about the amount of pain i was in and when she was done i asked about meds for home and she told me to take Asprin!!!! It was a horrible day.

February 20, 2009 at 2:54 pm
(62) Kelly says:

EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT! That is the first thing to understand… Beginning in Oct 2008, I began to have three periods a month and I am birth control. My periods were very heavy and the cramping was so severe. In Dec 2008, I knew something was wrong and I discussed everything with my primary dr. My primary dr. made me an emergency appointment to see a gyno b/c he said my symptoms seemed to fit endometriosis. I saw my gyno on Dec 31, 2008. I had had a pap smear in May 2007 and it was normal. Well, the pap from Dec 2008 came back abnormal. I then had a colpo in mid Jan. The pain for me was very intense. I asked my gyno where do we go from here. He told me that my pap had shown very mild abnormal cells, so he believed the biopsy from the colpo would show the same and that he would just watch it. But he said if the biopsy came back positive then I would have a LEEP and based on my pain experience from the colpo he would do the LEEP in the OR at the hospital. On Jan 30, I went for my biopsy results. My dr. said that he honestly thought that b/c my pap was mild, the colpo would be too. Unfortunately, it came back as severe cervical dysplasia. I was scared to death!!! My dr had told me that I did not have much time to waste and to try and schedule the LEEP around my period, and he also told me he would do it in his office and he thought I would be able to stand the pain. Ok, so I had to rescedule my LEEP three times b/c I was still on my period. Then, on Feb 13, I went in to have my LEEP. I was still having spotting from a two week long period. My fiance went with me. My dr came in and said now Kelly, you know I can do this in the OR. I was like well, it is a little late now I am already here, lets do it and get it over with. I kept asking about the pain and he told me once I had to local, I would be fine. I was opened with the spec and got my local. It was uncomfortable and the shot felt like an intense pinching, but I was hanging in there. Then my dr said no matter what happened, I could not move, b/c if I jumped he could burn the inside of my vagina. It all happened so fast, but my fiance said that as soon as my dr toched me with the thing, I literally jumped a foot off the table… I can not begin to explain what it felt like. It was like I was being electricuted and burnt with a fire poker. My dr said oh no we are done. There is no way I can continue for your safety. I cried b/c I just wanted to get it done and I felt like I wasted his time. My dr hugged me and said it was his fault and he should have known better b/c of how I had handled the colpo. So, I had my pre op Feb 17. I was still spotting. Then, on Wed Feb 18, 2009, I went to the hospital for my surgery, and I was on my full blown period, I was cramping severely but I could not take anything… I was scared to death that my dr would send me home b/c of the blood. He reassured me that it was ok and he could do it even if I was on my full blown period. My nurses and everyone was amazing!!! I was given something to help me relax through my IV and then took to the OR. I remember hearing music and asked them to turn it up so I could jam out with them. They laughed, turned it up, and it was Guns N Roses Paradise City…Then, I was out like a light!!! My dr. said that in the OR they had to give me more anastesia, because when he first started, my body was jumping off the table… He told me it was a good thing I had it done at the hospital… When I woke up, I had severe cramping and was given demerol and percocet 5mg. I came home and have been resting. My cramps go from mild to severe, and I take my meds and it eases off. I am bleeding from my period and having the yucky discharge. It has been two days and I am feeling better. My dr is amazing though! I go back in two weeks to get my results… Does anyone know what happens if the results from the LEEP comes back bad??? Where do we go from here??? Another LEEP? If anyone can let me know, I will really appreciate it…! And for anyone else that has to go through this, the best thing is to talk to your DOCTOR!!! Discuss all options and your pain tolerance… Some women have it done awake in the office within 10 mins. Others like me have to be put to sleep and the surgery lasts for over an hour… Listen to your body though b/c NO ONE knows it like yourself!!! Good luck to all the ladies out there and I am sure everything will go smoothly!!!

February 25, 2009 at 9:16 pm
(63) Tati says:

Hi! don’t you worry LEEP is very minor procedure that I had done in the OBGYN office today, it probably took 15 minutes (the procedure itself).The only uncomfortable feeling was that numbing injection. I would rate it 2 out of 10 on the pain scale.
I was pretty scared after reading all the internet posts about it, but it happens to be not that scary. I am glad I got it done. I am going back to work tomorrow and feeling perfectly fine, just some minor cramping. Good luck to you!

February 27, 2009 at 12:19 am
(64) scared says:

I had the leep procedure done a week ago, it was not as bad as the (colonoscopy?) that was done and I felt no pain afterward, and tolerable uncomfort during the procedure. But, I messed up on the “no sex” rule just 3 days later and I have abnormal grey and black discharge now that worries me? The dr says its fine but doesn’t feel right or smell right, did anyone else go through this? It is light grey with black specs in it. I hate this!

February 27, 2009 at 2:48 pm
(65) jean56 says:

I had a LEEP yesterday at an outpatient clinic. I was put to sleep and things are fine. Today my neck is sore and my stomach feels like I have done 5oo sit ups. Does any one know why I am so sore?

March 5, 2009 at 12:19 pm
(66) Grace says:

For “scared” i’m not sure if sex would have effected you that badly, i think they just want you to have time to heal before putting anything up there, and to prevent infection. but the discharge is normal, its from the medication they put inside you right after the colposcopy to help stop the bleeding. the discharge is just how you described it, its gross and feels funny but its totally normal, should only last a day or two…wear pads!

March 9, 2009 at 8:28 am
(67) Aggrivated says:

I had a LEEP procedure on Feb 12th and the nurse that day told me the bleeding should only last 3 days and after three days I could switch from pads…now about a month later I’m still bleeding. The doctor had me switch back to pads at my 2 week appointment and she said things were healing fine but why am I still bleeding after all this time? Anyone have similar issues?

March 10, 2009 at 8:43 pm
(68) Anna :) says:

Hi girls, Im getting my LEEP procedure done on April 2009. Kinda’ nervous and I need to ask some questions! When I get my procedure done after the 8 week of my healing, can my husband and I have intercourse? Will it hurt and my last question is: can we give each other oral sex? Does my Husband have to be treated??? Please help, I’m new at this… Thank You :)

March 12, 2009 at 2:43 am
(69) kristie says:

I am having the leep in the morning, and I’m not happy! I am only 30 but I am finished having kids, and cancer is very prominent in my family, why don’t they just do the hystorectomy? And I know its going to be really painful for me because of a nerve in my back, I will be in agony after the procedure if not during. We need to all stay strong, and pray for each other!

March 12, 2009 at 12:36 pm
(70) Millie says:

I had the Colposcopy done last month and it really hurt. I jumped up several times during the procedure.
I have to have a Leep done. I’m a bit of a wimp and want to be put to sleep during the procedure. My gyn’s office does the Leep in his office. I haven’t spoken to him yet. I won’t have it done while awile. I’m too afraid. Does any one know if I can go to another doctor who is willing to put me alseep? I live in the Bronx.

March 12, 2009 at 1:42 pm
(71) Millie says:

Best of luck kristie. My prayers are with you.

March 16, 2009 at 6:40 pm
(72) Diane says:

I am having the LEEP procedure done in a few weeks and I am a bit nervous, but I will do whatever it takes to be healthy! I had a colposcopy and it was slighty uncomfortable, but definitely bearable.

Has anyone who’s had LEEP had issues getting pregnant? I am a newlywed and plan to have children in the very near future but I worry this may effect my chances of getting pregnant! Infertility is listed as a rare side effect, but I still worry…

March 18, 2009 at 1:19 pm
(73) Worried says:

Hi! I’m waiting on my results from my colpy to see if I need a leep procedure, but the way my doctor spoke during and after made me feel she thinks I’m probably going to need it. First of all, I’m concerned for my health. I don’t think it helps that My Aunt is currently on her death bed with terminal Cancer (Literately family is coming into town as I write this to prepare for a funeral). Second of all I’m wondering how this procedure effects women having children and if it depends on how bad things are, etc… I mean if I do end up having it so bad that I need the leep, it looks like most who have to have it once end up having to get it done again in the distant future. I’ve spoken to one who says if she choses to have children again she’ll have to have her cervix sewn shut because so much of it is missing now. Which really scared me. I was also wondering if anyone has experienced problems with their sex drive afterwards? And lastly… clearly the parts they cut become scar tissue, so does it effect someone who may have emdometriosis? I know these are all questions I’ll ask my doctor when I know my results – but this is literately the longest week of my life.

you know … regardless of what one gets out of these comments, it helps to read them just to know that this happens to so many women and that no one’s alone.

March 19, 2009 at 11:48 am
(74) jackie says:

hi, i had LEEP done on 2/26. i just wanted to comment because the women that say they have no bleeding/ no negative side-effects are the best-case scenario, and some women DO get a lot of bleeding and other problems. (like myself.)

the procedure itself didn’t hurt as much as the colposcopy, until the local anesthetic wears off, then it hurt really badly–i had horrible cramps. afterwards, i had a full week of nasty orange/brown smelly discharge, followed by a week and a half of really heavy bleeding.

just when i thought things were getting better, this morning i had to call the emergency line at my OB’s office because i was suddenly bleeding so much i went through 3 pads in a half an hour, it was dripping everywhere, even on the bathroom floor. i was passing enormous clots and the blood wouldn’t stop coming out.

i went in and they said one of the scabs must’ve come and they had to put that medicine on the whole surgical site again to stop the bleeding.

also, i haven’t been able to do ANYTHING physical in the last 3 weeks–even just walking for 10minutes wears me out. i have felt extremely sluggish, crampy, and gross. i tried working out doing a low-intensity cardio and it was a disaster, i felt terrible.

my doctors seem to think this is all normal. i was told this morning that depending on where the piece of the cervix they take out is, it might be more likely to bleed for longer.

i have to wait at least another week w/out sex, phyiscal activity, etc. and have to go back in to make sure it’s finally healing right.

luckily they made sure my vitals/blood levels are ok, and i’m not anemic.

so ladies, LEEP may or may not be an easy procedure. just brace yourself for the worst, and if you get off easy, consider yourself lucky! best wishes!

March 19, 2009 at 11:58 am
(75) skyler says:

i had this proceedure done about 2 weeks ag o now.. i got my regular period 3 days after the procedure… i have had it ever since so ive been menstrating for almost 2 weeks. there is an extreame amount of blood and huge clots.. should i be worried??

March 23, 2009 at 9:21 am
(76) aswish says:

I had this procedure done 4 days ago. After reading this message board I was unsure of what to expect and was very worried it would be a horrible experience. First let me say I think the entire experience is based on what type of technology your doctor has and how good they are at what they do. I live in Chicago so I have the luxury of great hospitals and amazing doctors. My procedure was painless, I’ve had only minimal discharge (none bloody) and no pain since the appointment. I didn’t feel any of the 4 numbing shots and only felt pressure (no pain) during the LEEP itself. Hopefully you all come out as lucky as I did!

March 23, 2009 at 2:10 pm
(77) amy says:

I had my LEEP this past Friday (today is Monday) and it wasn’t all that bad. Sure, the lidocaine shot hurt and I could feel everything she was doing, but it was over in 15 minutes.
HOWEVER – I over did it this weekend cause it didn’t hurt!!! I picked up my 17 month old son and carried him around like it was nothing, and we even went shopping… now I’m at home in pain! Feels like someone kicking me in the gut! So, take it easy afterwards and don’t think you are fine just cause it doesn’t hurt right away!!! :)

March 28, 2009 at 9:06 pm
(78) JESSICA says:


March 30, 2009 at 6:45 pm
(79) brandy says:

So, I’ve had a colposcopy about two months ago. The procedure wasn’t so bad, but the gross balls of blood and clotting agent and discharge that kept passing were so unsettling! So now today I had the LEEP procedure, which, again, wasn’t too bad, but now I’m already developing and passing those bogus balls of stuff! I feel like I’m birthing again! Lol. Good luck to any one else that has these.

March 31, 2009 at 8:32 pm
(80) Jessica says:

I am the BIGGEST whimp when it comes to gyno issues so I was absolutely petrified prior to my LEEP yesterday. My doctor gave me some strong anti-anxiety meds and two vicodin to take beforehand and let me tell you, it helped sooooo much. I didn’t want to go under a general since I’m scared of IVs too, but I wouldn’t have needed to. It was much easier than I expected. Easier than the colpo.

All I felt was the first shot of the local in the cervix and the speculum, which was opened wider than usual. During the actual LEEP-ing, all I felt was some slight pressure. It was over fast – probably 15 minutes total.

It’s been over 24 hours and I haven’t had any cramps or bleeding (knock on wood). Just some minor discharge and it feels “tender” down there. I need to sit and bend carefully.

I would recommend that anyone who has this done, plan to take the next day off just to chill and really take it easy. And for heaven’s sake, don’t have sex until your dr gives the ok!

April 4, 2009 at 10:18 am
(81) shae says:

I just had the Leep procedure done 2 days ago. So far i haven’t had any problems at all. No bleeding at all.Just a little discharge.And my doctor was great! My body feel fine. I realy feel that it’s all a mind thing. If you read all theses different comments, it will scare you. But not all people are the same. My body is different from the next person body. But i am so thankful to GOD that i didn’t go threw all the stuff the other people have been threw.

April 4, 2009 at 10:24 am
(82) shae says:

i had the leep done two days ago, i had no problems at all. no bleeding, cramping, or anything. maybe a littlr discharge. my doctor was great.

April 7, 2009 at 2:35 am
(83) Mary Young says:

I am curious about what Nicole #45 said in terms of being turned on and then it “hurting” down there unless you have a release. I feel the same way, and I never felt that way before my LEEP in ’06.

I also have to have another LEEP in the next few months because my dysplasia has returned and I do not want to do it, mainly for the reasons of cutting away too much cervix so that I cannot carry a baby to full term. (I have never had children) Does anyone have any information or experience with HOLISTIC treatment to heal it as opposed to cutting out the problem as most every doctor in the country sees as the ONLY solution?

April 10, 2009 at 11:44 pm
(84) Jessica says:

I would also like to know if anyone knows about holistic treatments. Im scheduled for my leep on Friday ( a week from today) and though everyone seems somewhat positive about the pain and getting back to normal pap smears, I am worried about pregnancies in the future. thanks!

April 15, 2009 at 11:38 am
(85) Grace says:

so i finally had my leep done about two weeks ago and it wasnt that bad, just cramping. i knew what to expect and it was more of the waiting and worrying that got to me. one thing i have noticed is that ever since the procedure i’ve found that i’ve been depressed and i can’t seem to break out of it. anyone else have this problem?

April 15, 2009 at 12:26 pm
(86) Em says:

When I found out a few weeks ago that I had to have a LEEP procedure, I got on the internet to do some research. This site, along with a few others really made me anxious and freak out. For the past few weeks, I have been a nervous wreck b/c of reading all of the bad experiences. I had the LEEP procedure done this morning and can honestly say I freaked out for no reason! It was so much better than having a colposcopy! The only thing I felt was one or two “pinches” of the needle that she used to numb the cervix and then heat from the tool she used to remove the bad cells. During the procedure, my doctor told me that it was important not to move at all during the LEEP or else my vagina (which isn’t numb for the procedure) could get touched by the tool used…which would cause a lot of pain. So, I kept that in mind and everything went well. I know everyone is different…but I just wanted to share a GOOD experience…b/c I felt like everthing I read on here were BAD experiences.

April 15, 2009 at 7:18 pm
(87) brandy says:

So I had the LEEP two and a half weeks ago. Now about once a week, I bleed heavily (like blood just oozing out of me) for a few hours, then it tapers off. I don’t ‘soak’ a pad or anything, but I bleed pretty heavily–enough to make a big stripe down the center of my pad, and I can feel it coming out of me! Its very upsetting. My physician’s assistant says it is just my scabs falling off, but has any one else had this?!

April 21, 2009 at 9:30 am
(88) Jean says:

Had the LEEP yesterday and took off today because of mild cramping. My Dr warned that I would feel a “heat” sensation and to not move. Then it was over – whew! It was definately not as bad as I had feared!

April 21, 2009 at 9:38 am
(89) Jean says:

Oh, one thing I forgot to mention – I also had the feeling of my heart “jumping” out of my chest like a previous poster. Weird!

April 27, 2009 at 3:36 pm
(90) Jaclyn says:

I just had the LEEP procedure done a few hours ago and wanted to put minds at ease. I read some of these blogs and was scared out of my mind. I was awake during the procedure and was given several shots to numb the area. This was NOT BAD AT ALL. I think a colposcopy hurts more. I have not bled, at all, and have some minor cramping pain.

Don’t be nervous, what you read on here is MUCH WORSE than it actually is. These people writing their horror stories should be ashamed. Good luck, everything will be fine :)

April 29, 2009 at 12:14 am
(91) it could be worse says:

I had this procedure earlier today, and it certainly wasn’t as bad as some people’s experience, but it did kind of pinch and hurt for a second. No real cramping. I have a weird side effect though, the inside of my vag is completely dry, earlier it was leaking some of the orange stuff the doctor used to reduce bleeding, but now it feels kind of uncomfortable, like I have dry cotton up there. How long does this last? Not that I’m trying to touch it, but it feels uncomfortable!

April 29, 2009 at 9:26 pm
(92) KC says:

I had the procedure done this afternoon and it was a breeze, and trust me I am a big baby when it comes to medical issues. The colposcopy felt more uncomfortable then the LEEP procedure. It didn’t take long at all, settng up definitely takes the majority of the time. I did take 2 advil pm’s 1/2 hour before but I think without it I still would have been fine. The burning smell is what bother me most, it smells like something is caught in the vacuum. Trust me it’s not the end of the world, you will be OK!

April 30, 2009 at 6:01 pm
(93) Jennifer says:

My lidocaine stopped working during the final part of my procedure and instead of injecting more then just continued to caulder the wound without any pain medications. I would try to see if time cures the problem before letting the doctors hack away at yoru cervix. It could cause you not to be able to carry a baby full term if you have too many procedures done.

May 4, 2009 at 5:32 pm
(94) melissa says:

Hi I had the LEEP done 2 months ago and still bleeding i went back in so he could carterize it and STILL bleeding any suggestions

May 7, 2009 at 11:38 am
(95) Rebecca says:

I had the LEEP procedure yesterday. I have some cramping and bleeding today, but yesterday was much worse. I would have to say that the anesthetic was the worst part. I jumped when my doctor injected the medication and got the cotton mouth, racing heart, numbed hearing, blurry vision and an incredible headache. I didn’t feel anything during the procedure, but was uncomfortable. The pain from the anesthesia was terrible. It was traumatic and thinking about the “jump” and stinging makes me cry. But, I must say, it was nice to hear other women experience the same thing…not that I wish pain on others! But it’s nice to know I’m not alone.

May 11, 2009 at 8:58 pm
(96) Leeped2 says:

I had the LEEP procedure done last Friday.I’m so glad I didn’t read this board beforehand or I might not have gone. “Horrible”? “Painful”? etc. Have any of you delivered children? I’m not saying that it was a pleasant experience but to read some of these posts, sounds like torture. I realize that everyone has a different pain tolerance but maybe you just had bad doctors.
My Doctor prescribed 2 vicodan and 1 Xanax an hour before the procedure. Maybe that was the key but it just wasn’t that bad.
I’ve had very little bleeding and cramping until today (Monday). No real cramps but the bleeding kicked in and a few clots. I will agree with you all that it’s gross and having to use pads sucks. I did learn that this could continue for longer than my doctor said and I will monitor this new bleeding. If you’re on this board anticipating having the LEEP, talk to your doctor if you are scared or anxious. I rarely even take an aspirin but his prescription may have helped me get through it so easily and this test could save your life.

May 12, 2009 at 2:45 am
(97) tina says:

hi, i had the LEEP procedure thurs 5/7/09 and was scared out of my wits after reading some of these posts. I just want to let some of the readers who are about to have the procedure to please please ask your doctor for general anasthesia if possible. My doctor just told me i would be put under anasthesia, i didnt ask for it but boy am i glad it was done that way. When i woke up from the procedure i kid you not i had had absolutely no pain, no cramping, no discomfort whatsoever! it is now 4 days later and not a stitch of discomfort anywhere in my body, no bleeding, cramping at all.. just a very light liquidy discharge with a very slight odor.

I’m not certain why so many women who have posted here had local anastheisa and why i had general…but if at all possible do yourselves a favor and get knocked out..you wont feel a thing and maybe even wake up feeling pretty good like i did :)

May 13, 2009 at 8:56 am
(98) Melissa says:

I had the procedure done yesterday. I took 600mg ibuprofen 1 hour prior to my office visit.

I didn’t even feel the anesthetic shot. Shoot, I had to ask if the Dr. had even put it in! I think the most uncomfy thing about the procedure was the pressure sensation during and after from the speculum. I felt a strange sensation from the LEEP device itself. Hard to describe, almost like a spasm.

I took it easy for 10 minutes after the procedure, sitting around in the waiting room and whatnot. I noticed I was a little dizzy when I stood up but it passed in time. I had some fairly severe cramping 1/2 hour after the procedure that went away. About four or five hours after the procedure I felt pretty sluggish, tired, and slightly crampy, so I took a long (2 hour) nap and the feeling passed. It’s been 24 hours since the procedure and I feel okay. I will have to wait and see how the healing process goes.

May 18, 2009 at 9:33 pm
(99) Leeped2 says:

Had the Leep procedure 10 days ago. The procedure itself wasn’t that bad. (See my earlier post) The first couple days there wasn’t much bleeding and very little cramping. The 4th day, bleeding. Not enough to soak a pad and more when I peed but continuous. Now, 10 days later, I’m still bleeding enough to be annoying and I’m sick of pads. My doctor just prescribed an antibiotic for bacterial infection. Perfect, just what I needed. Says if the bleeding doesn’t stop, he’ll need to see me. WHY ISN’T THIS HEALING???? I’m going to a Buffett concert on Thursday. Antibiotics and margaritas don’t mix. Anyone else ever go on an antibiotic for this procedure???

May 19, 2009 at 9:15 pm
(100) Crystal Arthur says:

I have had 2 biopsy’s done and the freezing done because I have a high grade dysplasia. The doctor told me on 5/13, that I had to get the LEEP done in 1 to 2 weeks. They didn’t make the appointment until 6/11 is that going to matter. The doctor told me as soon as possible will there be much of a differents when he does the LEEP?

May 20, 2009 at 3:30 pm
(101) Melanie says:

I had the Leep done yesterday in-office for HPV and sever dysplasia. They used epinephran shots to numb the cervix and keep it from bleeding too much. It makes your heart race and you get an adrenaline rush for a few minutes. Luckily they gave me valium and vicodine to take an hour before I got there. That relaxed me ;) The procedure was uncomfortable but not unbearable. I had 3 nurses and my mom in the room with me distracting me, so that helped a lot. Today I’m sore, cramping, and light bleeding, so just taking it easy. No sex, no lifting, no baths or hot tubs for at least 2 weeks. If you have small kids like me, see if you can get some help from a friend or family member while you heal. God Bless xoxoxo

May 22, 2009 at 10:15 pm
(102) kat says:

this comment is for (90) Jaclyn.

I’m sorry, WE should be ashamed? how dare you assume that just because you had a good experience, everybody else is faking it, or just being a baby anout it. I myself have had 2 kids. I’ve been dealing with abnormal paps and colpos since i was 20 (26 now). I was finally told about 8 months ago that I needed a LEEP. I was a little scared about that only because of the effects it may have on future pregnancies. NOT because of the pain involved. I am a firm believer in mind over matter. This procedure hurt ME like hell. It was NOT pleasant at all for ME, and obviously for MANY other women that have had it done.

people like you really piss me off. I’m happy for you and the others that your procedures went easy, i really am. I wouldn’t wish that kind of pain on anyone. It really sucked.

And to top this off, i got a call from my doc the other day about my follow up pap. I still have the high grade squamous introblahblahblah lesions. i go in for a colpo on june 1. I am not scared about that at all. I’m used to those! what I am scared about is when the results come back from that. What if i need to have another LEEP? I know for sure i’m gonna go for the outpatient surgery this time if my insurance covers it! but what affect is this going to have on my future children? will I be able to get pregnant after 2 LEEPS? If so, am I going to be able to carry the baby to term? Should I go ahead and get pregnant now, and wait til after the baby is born to have the LEEP done? does anybody really know?

Sorry this took so long to read, but once I get rolling, it’s hard for me to stop sometimes! Especially when someone makes a stupid comment that i feel strongly about!!! Thanks for reading, everyone!

If anyone has any answers to my questions, feel free to email me at k_l63@rocketmail.com

May 27, 2009 at 7:15 pm
(103) it will be fine says:

i had my procedure done in april. i am 21 years old and was scared to death. it’s not something you can easily talk about to your friends, so i was glad to find this site (whether the reports were good OR bad), just to know i wasn’t alone.

please remember, you are NOT alone. far from it, in fact.

i healed normally- meaning a few weeks of wearing pads all the time- and then it was over. i am not in a relationship or having sex, so i don’t know how that part goes, but now my only hurdle is genital warts. i think i may have them now, but i am not sure.

Crystal Arthur, don’t worry about your doc pushing your appointment back. mine had to be too, and they said it was fine. just think, it’ll be that much more they can take care of.

also, ladies, i was given some really great advice about this (and any) procedure that you might be afraid of: go into it like you’re at a spa. i know it sounds crazy, but when they put you up there, close you eyes. think of something else. about 15 min later, you’re going to be sipping coke out of a bendy straw and eating yummy graham crackers that people keep bringing to you.

May 28, 2009 at 10:22 am
(104) monica says:

I had the leep procedure done on Tuesday I was terrified going into it,but the doctor explained to me about what was going on throughout the entire process.it helped out a lot.I think the worst thing about the procedure was the shots!after that was the gerenalin,that was insane!I felt fine yesterday.but today I’m in some horrible pain!!I’m laying in bed on a heating pad.I have a 4 month old baby boy.after having him natural,NOTHING can top that pain!!

May 28, 2009 at 6:48 pm
(105) Marsha says:

My comment is about bleeding after the Leep. I started to bleed heavily a couple of days after the prcedure and was worried since I’m post-menopausal. The explanation I was given is that it’s normal, that a plug had popped out or something to that effect. Anyway, I bled heavily for two weeks and was not a happy camper.

June 2, 2009 at 2:48 pm
(106) Stephanie says:

I agree with a few of these comments that everyone IS different.

I just had a leep procedure done this morning at 8:45a. It is now 11:30a and I am feeling just fine.

I was very nervous for the past few weeks on getting this done because I had read up on it especially on this site and there was so much negative blogs about it. So I thought I would post a positive one.

The procedure probably took about 20 min from the time I entered the room, got undressed and had the start to end procedure.

My Dr. explained everything to me and made me feel very comfortable. He told me he was going to numb my cervix. All I felt were a few slight pinches from the needle (not bad at all!) I started to feel sleepy. I did feel like i was going to pass out but its normal. You almost feel numb. The feeling is quick and it goes away.

During the leep procedure, I did not feel anything! Not even cramping. I think the numbing helped. They use an electrical loop that removes the abnormal cells. It took about 3-5 minutes for that. Believe me, it was not bad at all. Of course everyone is different. The numbing stuff sure does make you feel good. You become very relaxed.

Not that I would want to have abnormal cells again but I would not mind having the procedure again if I had to.

June 4, 2009 at 6:21 am
(107) Beth says:

I had this done yesterday. This was the worst thing I have ever endured! I was awake during the whole procedure. It was done in my doctor’s office. My doctor told me she was going to use a numbing agent (Lidocaine and Epinephrine) to first numb my cervix. This made me feel horrible. My heart started racing and I felt like I was going to throw up. This feeling wore off after about 3 minutes. Then started the actual procedure. Apparently my doctor didn’t use enough numbing medication in the center of my cervix, because I screamed out in pain and had to have 3 nurses help me calm down. It felt like I was being stabbed with a knife. This was honestly the worst pain I have ever endured and if I could do it over I would have asked them to knock me out. Awful Awful Awful is all I can say.

June 4, 2009 at 1:09 pm
(108) Mary says:

I agree everyone is different. I had my LEEP yesterday and I was so scared that I asked my mother to come and visit so she could be with me throughout the procedure and afterwards.

My dr was very informative and told me the possible side effects on future childbirth and asked me if I was ok with proceeding. It took longer for preparation than it did for the actual electric wire removal of the skin cells. He first applied a topical anesthesia then he took the needle and locally injected anesthesia into my cervix. I didn’t even feel the pinch, I guess the topical did a good enough job. I even had to turn to my mom and ask her if he had injected already b/c it was that painless. After the injection however, my heart began to beat a little faster than normal (something that he and his nurse had already forewarned me about). Also about 10 minutes after the injection, until I stood up, my legs lightly shook uncontrollably (apparently a side effect of the anesthesia).

The most painful part was probably the speculum and other instruments he used to open my vaginal walls. I felt a little sensitivity when he applied the electric wire, but it was minimal. Of course the smell was bad, but as long as there was no pain, I was fine.

Another cool thing that I experienced was my dr had an microscope/camera during the entire process. The screen was right beside me so I could turn over and watch everything that he was doing. To put me at ease he talked me through the entire process as well. It was pretty amazing to see my cervix. The only part I decided to not watch was the electrical removal and scraping. It was a little eerie feeling him apply pressure and also seeing the visual on camera.

After the procedure, I had cramping for about 6 hours. I went home took a nap and woke up without any cramps. However, later that eve I broke out into a fever and I’ve been running a 100 temp since. I hope it goes down soon. Other than that, just light orange-red spotting and no pain.

June 5, 2009 at 6:12 pm
(109) Lulu says:

I really recomend getting your LEEP done at the hospital under anesthesia. I was so scared after I read everyone’s comments, but they were all done at the doc’s office. The hospital paperwork was the biggest pain, not bodily pain. It seems like this is a procedure that so many women have to endure, so know you aren’t alone and try not to be terrified, my own fear was the absolute worst part of this whole ordeal!

June 22, 2009 at 1:41 am
(110) Julie says:

I had this done last week in the doctor’s office. I did not find this site until after the procedure. I would definitely recommend doing this in the hospital. I was not advised to take anything for pain before hand and I had no plans to take off work. The pinching was pretty uncomfortable. The worst part for me was the effect of the numbing agent. My heart was beating so fast and had the intense pain in my head. My hands and arms were tingley. I was crying b/c my head had never hurt so bad in my life!! They gave me some water and motrin. I took some time to calm down and regroup. I decided to go ahead and finish the procedure b/c I was numb by that time. I didn’t feel any pain from the leep and I had no bleeding. I did go to work after the procedure. No cramping either. But I’ve had a mild headache for 5 days now, though. I don’t have the results yet but I hope I don’t have to go through this again. If I do I will go the hospital route.

June 25, 2009 at 3:12 pm
(111) Suzy says:

I had a LEEP done yesterday and it was not as bad as I had expected. I worked myself into a frenzy reading all the blogs and was so nervous I had to take a xanax before the procedure. The entire event took 30 minutes and I only felt slight discomfort. I brought my ipod and listened to music which helped tremendously. Afterwards I took 800 mg of motrin and have had zero pain so far on day 2. I just wanted to share my experience for those of you who have yet to go through the procedure. In my case, my mind was the enemy…the actual procedure was quick and painless. And I’m happy to have all those bad cells out of my body!!!

June 29, 2009 at 7:54 pm
(112) my2boys says:

I just had the LEEP done on Friday the 22nd. The following day I started having a slight discharge with brown specs of stuff( which is what my doctor uses to stop the rest of the bleeding )and some like skin or cell chunks. I am used to that cause it happened the last 3 colpos I had. I had 3 sections taken out that were low grade. We came to the decision to get rid of it now even though it wasnt high grade because of it not changing in 18+ months and also I wont have medical benefits as of next month! But now today I started having period like blood when I use the bathroom and my period isnt due for another week. Did this happen to anyone else?
Also the procedure itself wasnt bad! The worst part for me was the large Q-tip things they use to soak up blood ( when they push on it ). If felt like a chemical on broken skin. I did not feel the shots or the actualy skin getting burned off. I actually think the colpos were worse, but this was about 2x the time.

July 1, 2009 at 10:23 pm
(113) mkm05 says:

Obviously everyone’s LEEP experience will be different. Everyone has different levels of pain tolerance, different doctors, and different bodies, but here is my experience. I’m 23 and just had the LEEP procedure done on June 18th. I was TERRIFIED after reading all of the comments about how it was the ‘worst experience ever’ and really ‘traumatizing’. I was dreading this day! I took two days off of work and everything because I had NO idea how I would feel. Now that it is over with, I can say that it was not scary or painful AT ALL. I thought it was a lot less painful and uncomfortable than the colpos. You can feel the vaginal shots, but it just feels like getting a shot in your arm – slight pinch. Everything after that you can’t feel. It’s been 2 weeks now and I’m feeling good. I am planning on playing in a soccer game tomorrow, so hopefully everything goes okay. GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOU OUT THERE! You’re not alone!!

July 1, 2009 at 11:06 pm
(114) nicole says:

I had my LEEP procedure done 2 days ago. Went in the morning, they gave me ibuprofen and a valium to calm me down. 30 minutes later I went in, they numbed it, which hurt slightly enough to say ouch but not to want to cry, then I was numb. They turned on a machine that sounded like a vacuum and I couldn’t feel a thing. Last about 20 minutes and I got to go home. Its been almost 3 days and I feel fine, a little spotting and barely any pain, nothing worse than a period. I’m sure that everyone was different but the pain was no worse than a colposcopy. So stay calm its more of a emotional thing than pain.

July 3, 2009 at 7:44 am
(115) Val says:

I had a LEEP one week ago. Bleeding for a day or two, which turned into a more watery discharge. Two days ago started to bleed again. Not sure if this is normal. It’s not soaking the pads…but it’s more than my normal periods… Stopped taking the pill right before I was told to have this procedure (for other reasons)…so not really sure what my cycle is…since I’ve been on the pill for over 20 years! Never knew how much I’d miss tampons!! Just want to be back to normal!

How long did everyone else bleed?

July 8, 2009 at 7:34 pm
(116) Lbuckner says:

I had a LEEP procedure done about 1 week ago. My doctor was wonderful, they put me to sleep so I didn’t feel a thing. There was no pain before or after. The only alarming thing is discharge after the procedure. I shudder to think about all of the things that have come out, but if it prevents me from having cervical cancer it is worth it.

July 9, 2009 at 4:02 am
(117) Kim says:

Had the leep procedure 3 weeks ago for CIN III. The numbing was the most painful aspect, the rest was relatively pain free. Not much discomfort the day of, some light cramping.I was glad to have a support person to drive me home. Watery brownish discharge for the first few days post-leep. Regular period on 4th day post-leep. Resumed regular exercise schedule. Steady bleeding (bright red) beyond normal menstrual week. At 2 week follow-up the Dr. took a look, put some paste to stop the bleeding, saw no need for re-cauterization. She said that the cycles of light – heavy bleeding were normal and to reduce my activity level to help with scab formation. Tonight, while watching TV, felt a rush of fluid and slight cramp. Bleeding more than at any point yet. 1 pad every 30-40 min. Passed a very large clot, a little scary. Will call Dr. in the morning.
To those ladies that are having trouble adhering to the post-leep guidelines- I hope you will try a little harder to stick to them. Particularly the rule about inserting items (tampons, fingers, penises, etc.). An infection during this vulnerable time could do some serious damage. The possible repercussions are definitely not worth it.
PS- Got the bill today. Why do I feel like I’m being punished? I guess it’s still cheaper than full blown cervical cancer.

July 10, 2009 at 4:05 am
(118) MICHELLE says:


July 11, 2009 at 6:10 pm
(119) Phena says:

i got my leep procedure done a few days ago and it went ok. i read these postings before i went and it freaked me out! however, i must say my doctor was great and other than sitting with my legs wide open with people scraping my hoo-ha, it was ok. i am cramping mildly it gets worse when i do too much. and smelly discharge that is watery, but that’s it so far. i wish everyone luck.

July 13, 2009 at 9:57 am
(120) DK says:

I had the LEEP procedure on July 2nd. After the nurses told me the biopsy wouldn’t hurt if I took Tylenol, I insisted I be put to sleep for the procedure. My doctor is super nice and all the nurses at the hospital were excellent. I didn’t feel too much pain, just some cramping. I had two refills of Darvecet, they kept me from feeling the pain. I have had smelly, watery, brownish discharge almost every day and also some bright red, kind of watery blood. Yesterday, 10th day after procedure, my lower back began hurting, like it does during my period. I took half a Darvecet, left over from my LEEP procedure and it stopped hurting. This morning I woke up before the alarm…6:15am, I thought because I needed to tinkle. Well, I felt that “trickle” and reached for the emergency towel I’ve been keeping by my bed. There was more liquid than what I had imagined. I thought crap….my sheets! So I felt down there and came up with a HUGE blood clot..and a good bit of blood. I was stunned. The clot fit in the palm of my hand and was kind of heavy. It was dark red/dark purple. It really freaked me out! As I was cleaning myself up while sitting on the toilet, I began to get light headed and really hot. So I walked back to my bed and put a thick towel down. I could feel menstrual cramps…it’s not time for my period. I had my scheduled period two days after the LEEP procedure. I have only bled a little since then. I just started cramping again. 8:51am. This whole process has made me feel creepy…. I wonder if my va-jay-jay will ever get back to normal!

July 14, 2009 at 1:08 pm
(121) Ana says:

It’s amazing how many different experiences we’ve all had. I had the leep done a week ago and only the procedure itself hurt. I wasn’t expecting that kind of pain (I thought I had a good tolerance but maybe not!) It made the colposcopy feel like a massage.
But I haven’t experienced (yet) any of the after effects that the other women are talking about. I think in the end my fear is of re-infection and because of our lame healthcare system, they have not developed a way for men to get screened thus the risk of re-infection is there. (75% of men are carriers I think??) Even with condoms women can get HPV.. This is the most unsettling thing out of this whole situation. Good luck to future ladies getting the leep… be brave, strong, and you’ll be fine :)

July 15, 2009 at 12:38 am
(122) Brandie Holt says:

I had leep procedure two weeks ago. Before going I read so many horror stories online, and was terrified. When I got to hospital I wouldn’t get out of car, so I canceled. After some serious coaxing and valum I went back the next day. They put me to sleep it took about 20 minutes, and about 1 hour in recovery. It really was no big deal. I had a little spotting and I went to work the next day. I know everybody is different and has different experiences. BUT the alternative is much much worse! It wasn’t bad at all, and this is coming from someone who faints when they prick her finger!

July 20, 2009 at 3:14 pm
(123) Becky says:

I was recently diagnosed with severe dysplasia. I will be having the LEEP procedure in a couple of weeks. I ‘m really concerned about working the following day. I have a very physical job and won’t be able to take off. I actually may have to return to work the same day. I am really nervous about that. The colposcopy was extremely uncomfortable. The scraping with the big stick was the worst. I am still bleeding a week later. I had bad back pain and cramping for a couple of days. Is the LEEP procedure worse than the colposcopy when it comes to recovery? Mine will be done in the office. Can I drive myself home? I realize everyone experience is different, but it helps to be prepared.

July 29, 2009 at 2:34 pm
(124) Michelle says:

I had my LEEP done today. Up until 5 minutes before I had to leave for the dr.’s office I was reading the comments and I was pretty freaked out. My doctor gave me anesthetic shots in my cervix (3 shots, I think). The first shot didn’t hurt very much but I definitely felt the last two. I think it was the surprise of the poke of the needle, but a couple of “ow’s” came out of me which made me feel bad b/c the doctor apologized. While she was waiting for the anesthetics to sink in, she got the procedure ready. When she was ready to start, I was really scared. The actual procedure was painless for me. You feel pressure and things going on down there, but I didn’t feel any heat. The procedure was completed pretty quickly and there was relatively no pain during the actual LEEP.

I have a pretty high pain tolerance, but the cramps I felt after the procedure were really horrible. I took two Advil before going to the office, and the nurse gave me two Advil immediately afterward, but the pain was still really bad. I think the nurses and the doctor could tell by the look on my face that I was in severe pain. They ended up giving me a painkiller shot (It must have been the hard stuff because the nurse got it from a locked drawer and had to have another nurse WITNESS the amount of pain medication she was going to inject into me). I felt better after the shot even though they had to inject it in my butt. At first, I was going to walk out of the office without the shot, but walking out down the hall to the waiting room was painful. I’m feeling a little loopy from the shot, but overall the pain has subsided.

Overall, it was an ok experience. Yes, there is some pain, but if it heals the problems you have going on in your cervix, it is worth it. I hope my paps turn out normal from here on out. Don’t worry, you’ll get through it. The pain is only temporary.

July 29, 2009 at 8:02 pm
(125) Maria says:

I had the procedure done yesterday 07/28 at a surgery center. I went in an was put under anesthesia I don’t have a memory of the procedure at all. The nurses told me it took longer for the doctor to get prepped that did the surgery. I was sent home about 2 hours later still a little loopy from anesthesia so I had to have a designated driver. I got my prescription for pain medication but I have not taken any of them. Tylenol has been all I have needed. I have not felt much pain more of just pressure and a bit of discomfort. Lady’s I have nothing negative to say about the procedure and I think it has to do with my great doctor and anesthesiologist. I have had no bleeding as of today. I think that being put under had a lot to do with my positive experience.

August 1, 2009 at 12:58 pm
(126) JenG says:

To Becky (123) : please inform your doctor about your work situation, including that it is very physical. I would follow doctor’s orders , healing is so important here.

To all others out there: I appreciate all the personal stories, good, bad, and ugly. I’m going through this for the 3rd time unfortunately, and I can say that each time was completely different. 1st in 2001, under general anesthesia, 2nd in 2008 under local, again this past Thurs under local. Once with severe pain, two with only mild/moderate cramping. I’ve had dizziness, pain bending over, heavy bleeding, light bleeding, heavier bleeding after the first week. Like I said, different every time.

I’m not a medical professional, but here is my advice based on my experience:
1. Be informed. Ask your doctor questions like what you should/shouldn’t do in the days following surgery (will differ depending on doctor & the extent of the surgery), what to expect, and when to call him if needed.
2. Be prepared. This does not mean panic. The norm is light cramping, bleeding & discharge, but in some cases it can be worse. Have ibuprofen ready – take before if advised. Get things around the house ready prior to surgery so you can take it easy afterward.
3. Be aware. Any troubling symptoms should be reported to your doctor. Listen to your body.
4. Be kind to yourself. If you are one of lucky ones who have no difficulty, be grateful! If you are one who has complications, know you are not alone and do not beat yourself up over it. Rest up, let your body heal.

Sorry for being long-winded. If anyone has questions or concerns about what I’ve said, please feel free to contact me at karit29@aol.com.

August 6, 2009 at 12:17 am
(127) Wanda says:

Hello ladies..
I was suppose to have LEEP done today and it failed. :-( The Dr numbed me down there but I guess ‘not enough’ bc i ‘moved’ as ur NOT suppose to bc i felt the ONLY sharp needle in me. Well, he cut my vaginal wall by accident and there was so much blood he was not able to do the procedure bc he couldnt see the cervix. i HATE that i have to go back next week and go through what i went through again. He said he will have to just to numb it more. Im still not sure what it was that i felt bc he and the nurse said he did NOT get to do anything yet, BUT was about to. He thinks it was the speculum since he was shoving it in so hard :-(
Ladies, it hurt SOO MUCH I cried.. I dont know what to do. Should i just go ‘under’ and ask for ‘anesthesia’…. ????? pls advise.. i really dont know what to do… tx

August 6, 2009 at 10:03 pm
(128) Emily says:

I had the leep procedure done July 11 09 and as of today August 6 09 the bleeding is getting heavier. My follow up is not til August 11 09 and I AM GETTING MARRIED August 15 09!!!!!! I’m freaking out. This is my second leap. First one was a piece of cake. Any helpful words PLEASE!!!!!!

August 7, 2009 at 2:25 am
(129) Wanda says:

y is this your second? im confused.. it came back then? when was your first..?

August 7, 2009 at 12:07 pm
(130) Emily says:

About 2 years ago I had my first leep. The abnormal cells came back. My body is not fighting of the hpv.

August 7, 2009 at 8:33 pm
(131) Wanda says:

oh wow… so what happens now? u just keep having the leep done? im afraid to go on Tuesday bc of what happened. since wednesday, i been in pain and look 3mths prego bc of the bloatiness. dont understand y if he didnt go near my cervix/uterus.. ‘so he says’…

August 8, 2009 at 9:17 pm
(132) JenG says:

Sorry to hear about your experiences, ladies. Just a couple of thoughts…

Wanda, maybe you can call your doctor Monday to see if you can go under general anesthesia or even if he could prescribe something like Xanax to relax you for the surgery. If you are tense, the speculum will hurt. I’ve been given Xanax before, and it really helped me stay calm.

I hope you decide to go on Tuesday because although LEEP is not fun, it’s worth it to prevent cancer. Mine came back, likely because I contracted another strain of hpv — there are a few strains that can cause cancer. I also smoked for a while, and that is a risk factor for cervical cancer. So, after your surgery it can still come back, but you can help stop that by being as healthy as you can be.

Emily, that seems like a long time to bleed. I was told three weeks is about the longest, unless it was a very extensive surgery. Hope you have called your doctor by now to get some medical advice. Hang in there! And congratulations!

Best of luck to both of you… Thoughts & prayers are with you.

August 10, 2009 at 12:02 am
(133) Emily says:

I already wrote a comment but for some reason its not. So lets try again.

Wanda I really think you should take JenG’s suggestions. I really just take it one step at a time and just pray to god this all goes away. I wish you luck on your procedure!

JenG Thanks for the congratulations! The docs just keep saying I’m fine long as its not one pad an hour. I go in for the follow up Tuesday. Hopefully they’ll stop the bleeding. Most likely still won’t be able to fun stuff on the wedding night :(

August 10, 2009 at 6:16 pm
(134) Heather says:

I had my LEEP procedure this morning at 11:15, with a local anesthetic, in an out patient clinic setting. I was in and out, no complications. I will be taking tomorrow off from work.

Some of these posts are more traumatic than my experience was. I hope those that read them don’t panic and try to relax. The more tense and stressed you are the worse it probably will be.

I had one of my girlfriends give me a ride to and from the procedure just in case. I am more nervous about the healing process than anything and my next pap. I hope it and future ones are normal.

I don’t wish to ever need this procedure again, but I am glad I did it. Especially as a preventative measure.

August 11, 2009 at 5:33 pm
(135) Wanda says:

Hi all.
I had my procedure done today and it went very well. I went in tensed and afraid bc of what happened last week, but I was out in less then 1/2 hr.
I will say what ever he injected me with to numb me down there was awesome. I felt a biz woozy and lightheaded but was up the entire time.
It smelled a bit, like burnt wood or something. couldnt really make the smell out, but who cares.
Its done and over with.
Im home now and cramping a bit. I feel a sting here and there but it may also be from my stitches from last week.
I have to go back in 4 weeks and hope all will be well.
Good luck to all of the women who have to go through this. Hopefully, we wont have to go through it again.
i will be back in a few weeks to let you all know what the outcome is..

thank god for this forum and thank you ladies for your support. Its good to know we are not in this alone and can always reach out to someone.

God bless

August 11, 2009 at 5:35 pm
(136) Wanda says:

Heather, im glad it went well for you as well..

August 13, 2009 at 1:54 am
(137) Linda says:

I had a “surprise” LEEP procedure done 3 days ago and I am still feeling fatigued. Perhaps it is part of the trauma to my body and from anxiety. I wait now for results for any cancer. I had a pap in the beginning of May with mild dysplasia showing up, my primary care Dr gives me my annual paps. She referred me to a Gynocologist which took 3 months to the date to get in, the 1st appt made by my Dr’s office did not take into consideration when I had my period, so the morning of the appt I woke up to my period and had to reschedule, that was June 22, the next available appt was for Aug 10th. I had no idea I would end of having this procedure when I went to the appt. I assumed I would get another pap and that would be it for now. The Dr. explained that because I had cyrosurgery in the past for dysplasia, about 10 yrs ago, she needed to do the LEEP. I am 48 now, have had only one child, C-Section, the Dr. stated because of my age and the fact that I did not have a normal vaginal birth, my cervix has probably moved up into the uterous, so she said she would need to do the LEEP. I dont know what to believe at this point, this was my 1st experience with any of this! The procedure was not pleasant! The injection to numb was not bad, just felt a tiny pinch, but the actual LEEP excisions were painful but bearable, the cauteriztion to stop the bleeding was painful also. I have had bleeding but nothing too heavy, stated out darkish red mixed with bright blood and I had to use a regular pad the 1st few days, I now have been using the very small panti-liners and the blood is watery and light red in color. I have passed a few dark small blood clots the 1st nite and next day, but that has stopped. I feel some discomfort inside my vagina and Im sure it’s from the cervix, so far things seem to be going fine, no s/s of an infection, the blood has a slight odor to it but not bad. I am due for my period on the 17th so it will be interesting to see how that goes, if it flows normal as usual or will there be any changes because of this LEEP. Im going to be tired of wearing pads! My biggest concern is if I have cancer and may have to have a hysterectomy…the Dr. said it didnt look like it was cancer from what she could see from the outer layer of the cervix. I Have SO many ????? since Ive been home from the procedure Ive been researching on the internet a lot! I was not told that I had HPV and I dont even know if I was tested for it when I had my PAP in MAY, I think its a routine test they do now for anual exams for women but I am not sure because I have never been told by Dr.’s if I have had the test. I am ready to call the office and get some answers so I dont have to worry and wonder about all these questions and doubts I am having! Good luck to all who read these comments and who share their own experience for women who are going thru this type of health issue. It is comforting to know you arent the only one!

August 14, 2009 at 1:02 am
(138) Wanda says:

I have a question.. I just went to the bthrm to pee, lol and something weird came out.. it was NOT discharge, as the DR stated I would have.. it looked like skin/paper….??????? brown AND really DRK BROWINSH.. cant figure out what it is.. it wasnt just once.. i wiped a few times, and the same thing until the last time i wiped, ALOT of it came out.. can anyone tell me what that is pls bc im freaking out….. im cramping just a lil, and get sharp pains every now and then but feel very very nauseas…….

August 14, 2009 at 10:12 pm
(139) Becky says:

Well, I survived the Leep with one day off from work. I too, am enjoying the painful cramps, pain, and a nasty smelling discharge. I am wondering if these cells keep returning, how many times can you get the LEEP before they decide to do a hysterectomy? Can the cells come back even with a hysterectomy? I am 37 years old, so it wouldn’t be the end of the world. I would almost prefer to just get it over with if it will fix the problem.

August 14, 2009 at 10:18 pm
(140) Becky says:

My doctor used a cream that looked like Gray Poupon Mustard. It was supposed to cause scabbing over the wounds. He warned me that it would peel off and come out. He said it might look like coffee grounds, but when it came out it looked exactly like what you are describing. Its gross but harmless.

August 15, 2009 at 1:23 pm
(141) JenG says:

Hi Wanda,
Becky is right, that is normal. Often doctors use something called Monsel’s (sp?) solution that is either yellow or brown to stop bleeding. It smells metallic & weird, and it comes out like coffee grounds sometimes or in a larger skin-like piece. Gross, I know. But it means you’re healing, which is a good thing!

Hi Becky, I asked my doctor about multiple LEEPs, as I’ve had 3 over the past 10 years. I know of one woman who has had LEEP about 6-7 times, but I don’t want that to be me. My doc told me if I get another abnormal pap, she’ll likely refer me to a gyn oncologist to decide the next steps. Then I got a second opinion, and that doctor talked to me for an hour about overall wellness & prevention. So, that’s what I’m focusing on…

August 15, 2009 at 4:02 pm
(142) Becky says:

Hi Jen,
If you don’t mind me asking, what other preventive measures did your doctor give besides regular paps screenings? I understand basic good health and that sort of thing. I am just wondering if there is something I am missing.
This all took me by surprise. I hadn’t been to a gynecologist since my six year old son was born. I know that sounds stupid. I have been alone for seven years. I guess I just thought, what do I need a gynecologist for? I am not involved with anyone. I’m not planning on having any more kids. The thought of cervical cancer didn’t occur to me. I never dreamed I would be facing this. Like you, I don’t want to be one of those who keep doing this 6 or 7 times. After a while, you begin to wonder what is left to cut. I asked my doc about a hysterectomy. He said even if he does a hysterectomy, it can still come back on the vaginal walls. I don’t fully understand how. Do you know anything about that? Thanks!

August 18, 2009 at 12:19 am
(143) JenG says:

Hi Becky,
I wonder about the same things… How much can they cut? I’ll ask my doctor more when I go for my checkup in 2 months. Wonder if she’s tired of all my questions yet :)

Prevention info, which is what I’ve learned from my doctors with lots of researching of my own, and personal experience so take it for what it’s worth, and always run things by your doctor first. Disclaimer over.
Ok… In no particular order:
* If you smoke, stop. Bad for lungs, very bad for cervix.
* Safer sex, I’m sure you’ve heard that 100 times.
* This one is a bit controversial… make sure to get enough vitamin D. Some studies show links between vit D deficiency & cancers. I was tested and was very deficient… So I’m taking supplements under Dr’s guidance. Lots of info online about that. Don’t take high doses (over 2000IU) without Dr guidance.
* Additional supplements including something called Oncoplex, which is concentrated broccoli seed extract. I’ve read that cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, red cabbage, etc have protective properties.
* Usual other stuff: get enough sleep, manage stress (that’s the hardest for me!), exercise, maintain a healthy weight. Basically keep up a strong immune system.

The vitamins and supplements may be controversial, but I see no harm in getting adequate levels of vitamins or eating broccoli seed. I figure, it can’t hurt. Sorry for another long post. Best of luck to you!

August 20, 2009 at 1:08 pm
(144) ss says:

OMG ladies!!! now Im scared to death!!!! I have NO tolerence for pain at all and i have to have one done. I have a much bigger issue though. I am 15 weeks pregnant!!!!! Has anyone had one WHILE pregnant????? Im so scared something will happen to the baby and i will loose it? Ive done plenty of research and people have had very normal pregnancies AFTER having the procedure previously but i cant find anyone who had it done WHILE pregnant. HELP HELP HELP!!!!!

August 20, 2009 at 9:14 pm
(145) Emily says:

Well it’s august 20th. Still bleeding gone back and had more Monsels put on twice go back tomorrow again. This is exhausting me. Wedding went well though! :) I’m happy to hear the good stories and wish all the best for the others having a tough time. All of you are not alone in your struggles even though sometimes it feels that way.

August 21, 2009 at 3:12 pm
(146) Wanda says:

they actually waited for me to have my son when i was first told about this.. thing is, this was 2 yrs ago and I NEVER WENT BACK. If this comes back, and its too late, i can only blame myself. i didnt know this could be done while pregnant. I was told i couldnt for fear of miscarriage but then again, i was way more then 15wks.
Take care of urself. do what u have to do to get it out the way now .

good luck

August 21, 2009 at 7:31 pm
(147) Becky says:

Hey everyone,
I have an issue that I’m wondering if anyone else has experienced. This awful discharge is not slowing down. It is brackish colored and smelly. I have to keep changing my clothes, even in the night. I have washed myself silly. On the 25th it will be two weeks. My doctor prescribed Flagyl. It was an over the phone deal. I think it might be an infection, but I don’t really know. It is to the point that I could wear a Depends. This is way beyond coffee grounds. I wonder if I pushed myself too hard after the procedure? Any thoughts on what it could be? I feel really gross. I would rather have heavy bleeding than feel like this.

August 26, 2009 at 3:21 pm
(148) Sarah says:

Hey ya’ll… Just thought I would share my story, I just had my second LEEP last week, the first was 2.5 years ago. This time around I had severe cervical dysplasia… had my PAP done in April, a culposcopy done in July, and then got set up for the LEEP procedure for August. So just waiting on the test results which makes me a little nervous, but we’ll see what happens.

All in all, the procedure itself takes 2 min. It’s the set up process, getting numb (which is the absolute WORST part for me), and then basically the actual surgery part of it takes no time at all. The numbing for me is done with 4-5 shots and is def. painful. I wish just for the sake of it to be put under, but it’s too quick of a procedure I couldn’t be. I currently am still having discharge/bleeding a week later which I don’t recall from the last time around. And all of a sudden you’ll feel a ‘rush’ come out as if you feel like you’re peeing your pants. Just a very uncomfortable feeling and situation all around.

To undergo a LEEP and to have cervical dysplasia at all is caused by the underlying virus HPV… something which will never go away. But some people can fight it off better, so it doesn’t affect some women the way it will for others. If untreated can turn into cervical cancer, but that can take up to 7 years. (this is all what my doctor has told me) But in general, it all makes me nervous and it sucks to have to deal with it year in and year out.

But anyways, just thought i’d share my thoughts and story with all of you… it’s been great to read all of your comments and your stories.

August 29, 2009 at 6:53 pm
(149) Nikki says:

Hello, I’m 27 years old and I had the LEEP procedure yesterday (8/29). I had an abnormal pap due to my high risk hpv and had a biopsy which came back with moderate dysplasia which lead to the LEEP. Overall it was more emotionally draining than anything. The big clunky machines are scary looking, the sound of the vacuum is annoying and the smell is disturbing (just because you know its the smell of your burning cervix) but the pain is minimal and is more uncomfortable than anything. My doc gave me 2 shots of local anesthetic which pinched a bit. When he first started, I felt a burning sensation which just hurt for a second and then went away. The procedure itself took about 10 minutes. I was shaking pretty bad afterward, which the doctor said was probably 1/2 nerves and 1/2 the anesthetic. Later in the evening I had some cramping which felt like mild period cramps. I have had bits of brown discharge and then a burning sensation on my butt (kind of like sunburn), which I later put 2 and 2 together to realize that it burned exactly where I was sitting on the rubber pad that was “grounding” me. I go back in 2 weeks for a check up so the doctor can give me my results and see how I’m healing.

I’m not very excited about not being able to take a bath or go swimming for the next few weeks… but I guess its a small price to pay for my health.

Like I said, the pain is minimal, and I think its the mental part of the procedure that is the real kicker.

Good luck everyone!

August 31, 2009 at 9:10 am
(150) theresa says:

My doctor told me that the LEEP procedure can actually get rid of the hpv virus. Has anyone heard that from their Dr.?

August 31, 2009 at 6:05 pm
(151) curious says:

I’m getting a leep test in two days and am very nervous. I had a biopsy last week. Three days later I had an odd smelling odor, due to the biopsy I suspect. Will this affect the leep test? I hope that it doesn’t mean I have an infection, the odor has somewhat diminished. Does that mean I am just healing?

August 31, 2009 at 8:05 pm
(152) Kaya says:

I had a colpo 3 months ago due to my Pap coming back with atypical glandular cells. The colpo came back inconclusive (whatever that means) How can they not know what was in the biopsy?

Went back 2 weeks ago for a repeat Pap and that came back still positive for “something”. So my doctor called me this morning and told me of my Pap results and that now she wants to do a LEEP.

Since everything came back inconclusive I am wondering if it could be some kind of cancer or pre-cancer. And if it’s not some kind of cancer then what could it be? I don’t have an appt yet but she did tell me that she wants to put me under for the procedure. I have never been in the hospital except for giving birth to my two kids (ages 6 and 2). So I’m a bit nervous about general anesthesia. I am just nervous about the whole thing.

I have so many questions. My Dr told me to come in before the operation so she can explain everything to my husband and I. So hopefully I can get in to see her this week or early next week for some answers. Thanks for reading.

September 1, 2009 at 1:28 pm
(153) Linda says:

I had the LEEP procedure done last Friday and after reading the comments I was really dreading it, however I think it MUST depend on your doctor. I’d taken 2 extra strength tylenols (don’t take Advil because if you have bleeding the Advil will thin your blood a little. The doctor explained every little step – gel to numb the cervic, shot to deaden the cervic. About 15 seconds after the shot I felt like I was very nervous and my thighs starting shaking a little and i just felt funny, nothing alarming, just funny…I never felt anything at all. I didn’t bleed much at all either. It was more like spotting. Still waiting on my results.

September 1, 2009 at 2:47 pm
(154) Giselle says:

OMG, i am supposed 2 have this done friday, and i am so scared, this comments make me more nervouse,i really want 2 cancel but my mother wont let me,really sucks i am super scared!!!

September 4, 2009 at 5:45 pm
(155) Rosalyn says:

This was not bad at all(Leep). The shot stings
a little bit; but, it is over with quickly. Not a bad procedure. Just don’t look at what they are
doing. Think about something else.

September 7, 2009 at 12:17 am
(156) Sarah says:

I just had my LEEP on 8/27. I was so scared. I heard it was so painful. Luckily I had to have mine in the hospital outpatient. I was so thankful that I was ‘asleep’. The first few days after all I had was pain, then came the brown/black smell junk. Now since 2 days ago (8 days after surgery) I’ve started bleeding and it seems to be getting worse. Anyone can relate or help tell me what’s going on?

September 11, 2009 at 11:27 am
(157) Camille says:

I had the Leep done yesterday and I am back at work a day later. It was not bad at all. I was put to sleep and woke feeling nothing. I have minor bleeding and no cramping. I had an abnormal pap and my doctor recommended the Leep because it was moderate so I went along with it. I feel fine and think I made a good decision. I already have a son I am just worried about the future and if I will have complications having more kids I would like one more but we will see. It’s all in Gods hands now.

September 12, 2009 at 9:43 am
(158) Candice says:

Well for starters, I had scarred myself to death after ready these posts. When I got to the hospital for my scheduled leep procedure yesterday, I had gold myself I would be strong, go in, don’t think about it and let them do what they needed to and be done with it. I was doing really well, but by the time I had to leave my husband and they wheeled me into operating room I was a mess. I wouldn’t hardly say two words and was crying so hard I was about to have a panic attack. They were very nice, and reassured me it was all going to be okay. Put the meds in my IV, I went to blink n next I woke up in recovery. Since then I have had no pain what so ever, no cramping, and not anymore blood then a regular period. I know everyone is different, and your probably thinking mine was a minor leep, when actually my dr told my husband that I bleed alot more then they expected, and she had to remove ALOT more of my cervix then she wanted too. (the drawing looked like 70-80% to me) and still, no pain. So don’t panic, I know it’s scary and all you really want is to know exactly what’s gonna happen, and get it over with but honest it’s not bad. If you have gone thru child birth (I’m a mother of 3, 5yr old, 3yr old and a 3 mos old) this is nothing to it. Getting a biopsy is soooooooooooooo much worse.

September 14, 2009 at 3:47 pm
(159) Katie says:

i am having a leep done next week. naturally i have been reading horror stories online. i cant help it. im sure you all know how i feel. i know that a lot of people are put to sleep for it, but my doctor says i have to be awake. im scared of it being emotionally hard. any advice?

September 16, 2009 at 12:54 am
(160) Wanda says:

Wanna know what? i think the first time I got the loop done, I had been ‘nervous’ bc of what I had read, but when i went the following week, i had my mind at ease, he gave me extra dosage of med to calm me down and i was fine. it was 1, 2, 3 and was able to walk away as if nothing. All i had was a slight cramp for about a day. I think the more you read into it, the more nervous you will go in. Nothing wrong with asking for advice tho. Just be at ease when there. Good luck…. :L-)

September 21, 2009 at 11:32 pm
(161) Megan Black says:

I had the LEEP this afternoon for CIN 2. I was super nervous. Luckily my husband came with me, I would Definitly recommend bringing a support person, it really helped to squeeze his hand! The numbing Lidocaine shot was uncomfortable but not any worse than the previous biopsy and then i was numb and couldn’t feel a thing during the procedure. Not fun, but not unbearable. I feel fine now, a little crampy. taking 800 mg Ibuprofen now and before LEEP. It’s a great feeling now that all those nasty cells have been taken out of my body!! If you’re getting this done, take a deep breath and remember, you are saving your own life!

September 23, 2009 at 1:00 pm
(162) Angela says:

I am going in for my first LEEP in about an hour. I had panic attacks prior to my 2 colposcopies so an definately going to take 2 xanax before this. I am scared but thankful this can be done to keep the dysplasia from progressing to cancer. I pray this takes care of it so that I can start trying for children next year. The hardest thing for me was telling my fiance…we are getting married 11/7…I explained the abnormal paps and biopsies and then the LEEP…then asked if he realized why this probably happened (HPV). I was scared for nothing, he is completely supportive, especially when I cry and say I blame myself (I know 8/10 women my age have it but it doesn’t make me feel much better). He will be with me during it and I think that will make a world of difference. Still taking the xanax though and I will update later today when it’s over and as my Dr. says, I can put all this behind me.

September 24, 2009 at 12:42 pm
(163) Angela says:

My Dr. did not seem thrilled that I had taken medication before the procedure (made me explain to her what we were doing and I did) but then once she saw how calm I was said, “maybe I should give all of my patients Xanax!” I took two 5mg tabs 1/2 hour before the appt. and 4 ibuprofen (that is the max dose every 6 hours). The numbing injection did not hurt but felt strange as it seeped through my cervix. She tested to make sure I was numb, luckily I was and then proceeded with the LEEP. She told me she was going to take a sample from deeper in the canal and when started I felt it so she gave another shot and then I was fine. I would have been in a panic without the meds so am glad I tood them and thankful my fiance was with me. I looked at him the whole time and held his hand. The Dr. said I did perfect and is confident she removed all that she needed to. I have kept up with the 4 ibuprofen every 6 hours and have had no cramping yet. Also, no spotting though I am sure that will come. I never want to go through it again but it wasn’t all that bad and I again am thankful it is an option to prevent cancer. Hope this helps!

September 25, 2009 at 1:59 pm
(164) Sonja says:

I had this done yesterday… and OMG!!! the local that they give you in your cervix hurts like you wouldn’t believe. At least the whole thing doesnt last very long and you can go home and sleep. Def take some pain meds afterwards or you will def be hurting…but if I can handle this, then everyone can!!!

September 26, 2009 at 10:25 am
(165) Chelsea says:

I just had a leep done on thursday and I was completely out during the procedure. I didnt have any discomfort when i woke up either. The second day i did have some mild cramping and did take some pain killer. It isnt that bad. Now im just waiting on my results and im scared about that. I hate not knowing.

September 30, 2009 at 4:27 pm
(166) Courtney says:

I had my leep done almost a month ago. I was terrified because I made the mistake of browsing the experiences of others, and reading their feelings about it. It was NOTHING at all what I’d expected. The room and setup didn’t help at all either, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. It was almost like a regular pap. Just mostly uncomfortable. The only pain (very mild pain by the way) that I felt was the general anesthetic. Very tiny pinch a few times, and that was it. I think the most annoying and scary thing about it was the little machine they have to use. It was’t that bad afterwards either. Spotted a couple of days, little discharge for a couple of weeks, and that was it. Nothing horrible at all. Hope this helps :)

October 1, 2009 at 3:21 pm
(167) Alexandra says:

Thank you everyone who took the time to post your experience. This has totally helped me to feel less alone and scared.
I just found out 3 days ago I have high-grade SIL and will need a LEEP. My GP has always done my paps and they have always been perfectly normal. Now suddenly I have high grade SIL! I’ve been falling apart since Monday & reading about your experiences is so helpful, even the bad ones. I feel better knowing about how many numbing shots are given, that there will be a burning smell, the sound of the machine, what kind of discharge to expect etc. It helps take away the fear of what I don’t know.

Unfortunately in Ontario you have to wait 2 weeks to even get a referral to a GYN. I don’t know who or where my doctor will be and I have to wait one more week before even knowing if the appointment is in 2 weeks or 2 months or 10 months. I don’t think I have the option of having out-patient surgery, I’m just being referred to a clinic with local anesthetic. So fine that the cost is covered by our provincial health care but I’d rather pay for the choice of what GYN to see and when.
I’m worried because I’m married and not sure if my husband gave me high risk HPV or if I already had it have I now given it to him? HPV tests are not covered by our healthcare system so they aren’t routinely done with paps. I’m also worried that my husband will continue to carry it and give it to me again. Obviously I’ll tell the GYN all this and ask him/her for answers & advice. I’m 33 and don’t have kids but I also don’t want to repeat this so hopefully he/she will cut out however much they need to.
Can someone tell me, is it just the GYN in the room with you or are there other nurses too? I really appreciate all the details, especially from those prople who mentioned getting an anti-anxiety pill beforehand, I will definitely be asking for that!

October 5, 2009 at 12:46 pm
(168) Sarah says:

I had the procedure done a week ago. I previously had a biopsy that took my breath away when the doctor clipped me. They found I had mild with moderate abnormal cells. She felt that the LEEP prodecure was the best solution since the results of scraping up top also came back abnormal. I had worked myself up and thought the shot and pain was going to be horrible. I just meditated and closed my eyes. I didn’t feel the shot at all. When she took the abnormal cells out it was just a warm sensation. My leg started shaking cause I was so nervous.

The worst part has been afterwards. I’ve been having black flecks and a grayish discharge about a week later. They said I could start bleeding about 10 days later. Haven’t really had that. The odor has been really bad. They stated no sex for 3-4 weeks. Hopefully the smell will soon clear up. Anyone else have experience related to this? I should be starting my period next week, so I’ll be interested if this is affected like others have stated.

October 7, 2009 at 1:51 am
(169) Angelina says:

I had the Leep Procedure twice in the last 5 years, and it sucks. My first one was really short and I took of work two days, mainly because I didn’t want to lift anything too heavy. I was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2003, I went into remission in 2004. It was not as bad as it could have been. I had my second Leep last week. After being clean for 5 years, my Cancer had returned after the birth of my youngest child. This time I had to have much much more taken out than the first time… FOR SAFETY MEASURES… LOL It hurt like hell and I laid around for 3 days. I think that it really depends on how much damage you have sustained over the years, your doctor, and how much pain you can take. I was okay with the pain, but it was the pain meds that knocked me out this time. I am hoping for the best, and since I am now finished having children, I am opting for a hysterectomy soon. This maybe a very painful procedure, but it is well worth it. Sometimes it works sometimes it does not, but I will do it any day of the week, to having cancer.

October 8, 2009 at 7:24 pm
(170) Christi says:

I am 26 and have been dealing with abnormal paps for the last 9 years and have had multiple biopsies and a cryotherapy and ever since my paps have been normal and now all of a sudden I have high grade dysplasia and have to have the leep. This comes 3 months after my husband have been unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant (I got pregnant our first month of trying but had a miscarriage). I am extremely nervous about this procedure and trying to decide if I should take the anesthesia or do it without. If I don’t do the anesthesia I can get the procedure right away but if I do go the anesthesia route the next availability isn’t for another month and a half and when you are anxious to get pregnant the waiting game is unbearable. My biggest concern is how will this affect me trying to get pregnant, how long do I have to wait to resume trying?

October 13, 2009 at 10:57 pm
(171) kat says:

Well tomorrow I have my Pre-OP with my DR. the LEEP is schedualed for 10-20-09. Iam scared what if it comes back. What if it has spread. I can and have what if’d myself for the past 45 days. I pray that I and all that follow get through thier procedure with as little discomfort as possible. To all the ladies before me. May GOD BLESS YOU and Thank you for your insite yes we are all different and have different tolorence levels but to be informed is a great thing.

October 16, 2009 at 8:43 pm
(172) Lexie says:

I was petrified to go into my procedure today after reading some of the terrible experiences on here last night. However, I am back home now after having the LEEP done about 2 hours ago and I wish that I hadn’t got so worked up over it. I am not going to say it was easy or pleasant, because it was not. I felt the needles administering the numbing agent, and a little of the actual hot loop. Both were mild, just mostly uncomfortable. I had minimal cramping at the very end. The whole procedure took about 3-4 minutes. And I am a little crampy now, but not much blood or anything. If anyone is scared about having this procedure done, relax. Technology is amazing and it is nothing compared to the risk you are taking by not having it done. I am extremely relieved that the last words I heard before I left the Dr.’s office were “we got everything bad out and it looks like you will be fine when it heals!” Oh the comfort in having all of the bad cells out that could turn to cancer at a few minutes of totally tolerable pain.
Good luck ladies! It wasn’t that bad. Let’s take care of ourselves from now on too!

P.S. My doctor told me to take folic acid supplements for cervical-immunity health. Those worried about future pregnancies will build that strength in the cervix back up!


October 26, 2009 at 9:40 pm
(173) Alicia says:

I had a LEEP done about 5 days ago. My doctor applied a local anaesthetic that numbed the area. It was painless and the anaesthesia just made me feel like I had a martini. I had light spotting, very little. I’m only having a clear fluid discharge with an order. Kind of feels like I’m leaking, but my doctor informed me its part of the cervix healing. The procedure took about 20 minutes and my doctor told me as long as I relax and take deep breaths I’ll be fine. I relaxed for about 20 minutes after. I went to work about an hour later and took off the next day.

October 27, 2009 at 8:56 pm
(174) Tawnya says:

I just had the leep procedure done yesterday 10-26-2009, and I worked myself up for 3 wks before my appt. I was so nervous and scared, not knowing what to expect, the whole procedure went very quickly, and the shot was the weirdest part, made my heart race, amd I felt a lil warm n fuzzy! It doesnt hurt, just uncomfortable. Just a little discharge afterwards, (the stuff that makes you stop bleeding) and minor cramping. Well I hope I dont have to ever do it again, but sometime we have to do things we dont want to as a girl! I am so relieved it is over with for now! Good Luck ladies,

November 2, 2009 at 5:19 pm
(175) Heather says:

I had the leep procedure done last thursday and I’m kinda confused after reading all the talk about shots and being uncomfortable. Mine was done as an outpatient surgery and I was put to sleep so I was never aware of what was going on and went home an hour later and had very mild cramping. I didn’t have any kind of discharge until a couple days later and it is nothing to be concerned about. Glad I didn’t look this procedure up before having it done. I woulda been scared outta my mind! LOL

November 3, 2009 at 2:35 pm
(176) :O) says:

I just got back from the doctor having my Leep procedure done… I was scared to death after reading everyones comments online. The shot was kinda painful at first but i just squeezed the nurses hand and then we were done before i knew it, I DIDN’T FEEL A THING… I was so excited. my colop was WAY worse i layed there and cried after the colop and this Leep procedure was a breeze compared to that!!! DON’T WORRY

November 9, 2009 at 4:11 am
(177) Cindy says:

I had this procedure done two weeks ago on 10/26/09. My Dr. told me that it would be cruel and too painful to put a woman through this without putting her to sleep. He said it would take 7 shots to numb the cervix, and that it is painful. After reading these blogs, Thank God I have a humane and empathetic Dr. I went to a day surgical center and was there approx. 3 hours. After the procedure I woke up in the recovery room and didn’t remember or feel a thing. Also, I did not have any adverse effects from the Anesthesia. I had mild cramping that night and that was it. I still am having slight bleeding and a discharge with an odor. It is more annoying than anything else. I hope this will end this week. I suggest to any women who is having anxiety and fear about ths procedure to have it done the way I did. And if your Dr. wont do it, find one who will!!

November 17, 2009 at 2:38 pm
(178) Megan says:


I had a LEEP procedure done August 19th. My doctor told me to wait a couple of weeks before having sex but otherwise I could continue with normal activities. I was fine for awhile but after 2 weeks I had sex and started bleeding, So I waited 2 weeks to have sex again and same thing happened. All this time I have been running until somebody told me to stop doing that to heal. So, I put myself on house arrest and did not move much for 6 days things started to get better so on the 12th day I had sex and now the brown goop is worse and I am now on day 11 of not much activity still brown discharge often and no sign of healing. Has anyone had this happen?

November 19, 2009 at 12:22 pm
(179) Sarah says:

I just had the LEEP procedure done on Friday, November 13th. I had the procedure done by my gynecologist with local anesthesia (a shot of novocaine in the cervix). It didn’t hurt but was more like a slightly more uncomfortable pap smear. I was nervous at first but it’s now Day 6 and just started having a smelly discharge. It is definitely the most annoying because I am now changing my pantyliner like every 30-45 minutes. I have a follow-up in a couple of weeks…we’ll see how it goes.

November 19, 2009 at 12:25 pm
(180) Sarah says:

I also suggest having the procedure done on a Friday so that you have the weekend to relax. It’s not a terrible procedure at all but just to be on the safe side a Friday is great. I took the Friday off when I had the procedure and lounged around for the whole day. I had slight discomfort in the vaginal area for a few hours but nothing drastic.

November 28, 2009 at 8:42 pm
(181) mygirlfriday says:

I just had the procedure done 11/24/09. I was put under at 10:30am and woke up at 11:15am. The surgery went well I had no pain which was weird because my period was due and I did not even experience any cramping… (At this point I should mention that although I did not have any pain when the nurse asked what my pain level was I lied and said “7″. Because I thought the pain would come after I got out of the hospital.) So all was going well with light bleeding and on the 3rd day the blood just started pouring out of me… ( I mean there was so much blood that just getting out of the shower was a chore as the blood did not stop) Boy was I a little scared… then I decided to keep my feet up and rest and started reading the blogs on this site and felt a little better. But by the next day my bleeding was as a normal period should be… (it actually feels like less than a period) Maybe I will get my period later or maybe this is it. But in either case I feel good and normal at this point.
Good luck to all of you who are getting this done.

December 1, 2009 at 12:20 am
(182) Jenn says:

To everyone who’s concerned:

Don’t listen to all these whiners. The LEEP procedure’s really not that bad… stubbing a toe is worse. I get a kick out of the last poster, who has a minute-by-minute outline of the entire thing.

I had it done a week ago, and it was no big deal. The only things I found uncomfortable (I can’t use the word ‘painful’ when referring to anything relating to this procedure, because it WASN’T painful) were a) the injection of the local anesthetic, and b) the cauterization. The worst part of the procedure by far was being spread-eagle on a table in front of three people who were all looking up my wazoo.

I haven’t gone through the whole healing process yet, but the only side effects i’ve encountered are some heavy yellowish discharge and a strong odor. Just change your pad frequently and nobody will notice. No bleeding yet, and hopefully it stays that way.

Put your minds at ease… the worst thing you can do before having a surgical procedure done is ask a bunch of wimpy people about their experiences. =P

December 1, 2009 at 12:06 pm
(183) Angela says:

I had a shallow LEEP on 10/22/09. It was very uncomfortable, but not really painful. The local anesthetic used to numb the cervix (I assume it was epinephrine) did make my body twitchy and my heart race, which was scary. The whole procedure took about 10 minutes. There was a little blood just after the LEEP, but did not have any bloody discharge after that. I had mild-moderate cramping that day, but no real pain.

I had no discharge the first 3-4 days. After that, it was a light yellow/very light brown discharge that looked almost like urine and had a weird, metallic smell. 1 week after the procedure I had a strange clot-like discharge that was not bloody, and I assumed it was the “scab” healing from the Monsel’s. The light discharge continued for about 3 weeks until I had my period. After that, everything seems to be okay.

I didn’t use tampons, take any baths, or have sex for just over 4 weeks, like my doctor recommended to heal. I have to follow up with paps every 6 months. This was a scary situation but I’m glad it’s over with and I did what needed to be done.

Take care of yourselves!

December 8, 2009 at 1:00 pm
(184) gemma says:

i had the leep procedure done 2 weeks ago,nowhere near as bad as i thought it would be,it was worse having my coil put in, but im now suffering from pains in my back and lower abdomen,has anyone else had this?

December 13, 2009 at 2:08 pm
(185) Joanna says:

I was recommended a leep 1 month ago, was scared to death, though I had cancer and was dying. After lots of research, talking to nurses and a 2nd opinion, I did leep 4 days ago under local, it was not bad at all. I have back pain the whole time after surgery. My OB friend Dr. told me it shouldn’t have impact on pregnancy by getting just one leep done.

December 15, 2009 at 8:46 pm
(186) Regina says:

Hi, I had my LEEP done yesterday 12/14/09. I had CIN 2/3 and I must say that I was terrified before hand. I chose to have the antiseptic without eppie in it and had no racing heart. The whole process took less than a few minutes and was not bad at all…. I did bleed alot with it and it took a little time to stop the bleeding but I did that with the coposcopy as well, which by the way is way more uncomfortable than the leep. After leaving the office I had a few cramps not even as bad as my mensrual cramps. Have not had any bleeding or discharge yet. All in all for me it was not bad at all.

January 1, 2010 at 11:14 pm
(187) Corina says:

I had a LEEP done on Dec. 17. I was prepared for everything as I’m also a Cytotechnologist. (I’m the one who looks at the Pap Smears!) I had a long history of Low Grade abnormalities as well as an ectropion cervix. Most recently, post coital bleeding was becoming a problem too. My doctor did the procedure in his colposcopy clinic. I had topical/local freezing and was not given any other forms of medication. I have to admit, it was pretty easy for me. Maybe I have a high pain tolerance because outside of some mild discomfort, I really had no pain. I actually had another medical procedure later that day…and found time to work as well. I never took any time off. My biggest issue was reminding my family that I couldn’t do the things I normally do for the next while because I wasn’t in pain nor looked sick. I have found that any physical exertion will cause an increase in the amount of blood/discharge I get. Now, 2 weeks later, I am still dealing with some discharge, as well as my period coming right on schedule! I will give my body the full 4 weeks to heal in hopes that the post coital bleeding ends. As for the rest, time will tell if the procedure worked or not. I see my gynecology oncologist again in April for follow-up.

January 2, 2010 at 3:15 pm
(188) eliza says:

After reading all of this I am horrified! I mean many people have diffrent types of pain toleration, and if I am nervous my body goes into panic mode, and I can’t control it. Even if I am not in pain it’s just the thought of it that makesme cringe, and Jenn as I said people react in different ways to pain and everybodies body is different. So calling everyone a Whiner is kindof a little extreme. So I jsut want to know if it is going to be that bad and I din’t know that there was an option to be put to sleep durin the procedure , so dos that mean that I may not have that option?

January 6, 2010 at 6:07 pm
(189) Nikki says:

I had the LEEP done yesterday and it was painless. I didn’t even feel the needle they used to numb me. It was much more comfortable than the Colposopy. I had minor cramping after, but nothing even worth an Advil. I have yet to bleed though…should I be expected a gush sometime soon?

January 8, 2010 at 11:43 pm
(190) JenG says:

I’m with Eliza, everyone is different regarding pain. Also, I believe the amount of pain might depend on anaesthetic and how extensive your surgery is. I’ve been through LEEP 3 times in my life, and twice it was a piece of cake. But my 2nd one was pretty rough – probably because it was a much more extensive cone biopsy w/LEEP.

So, calling people wimps seems extreme. Just because yours went easy as pie doesn’t mean someone else’s did. The great thing about this site is that you are not alone, if you are worried or scared or whatever, you are gonna be ok. Lots of women are here to support you. Whether it was painless or painful, you’re gonna be ok.

And Nikki, there’s still a chance you might bleed later or have the discharge some women have, so pantyliners are good for that. Don’t worry too much though. :)

January 11, 2010 at 9:21 am
(191) Jen says:

Hi ladies! I just had my LEEP done about 20 minutes ago and I feel fine. I’m sorry to all those who had bad experiences. Anyone who is researching this can take heart that not all experiences are bad. I’m a wimp with a pretty low pain threshold so I have no idea why I’m doing fine (we’ll see in a few hours how the cramping goes.) I was prescribed Tylenol 3 (with codeine) to take 1 hr before the procedure..maybe that’s why I’m not in pain? they did local anethesia shots but I hardly felt it…my colcoscopy hurt more than this did. Perhaps try to ask for Ty-3 if you are afraid of pain.

January 11, 2010 at 10:43 pm
(192) Kimmery says:

Hello Ladies, I had the Leep Procedure done a couple of days ago. Was very nervouse about it too. I had the option of having it at the Hospital so as to be put under or to just have it done in the office, i opted to have it done in the office. Bad mistake. I dont know if my doctor is an idiot or what but i dont know who in there right mind would suggest having this done without any medication only motrin’s. This was the dumbest thing i have ever done in my life. This was the worst pain i have ever felt in my life. I had no numbing just motrin 800′s and that did nothing for me. I felt everything and then i past out. I wanted to come on this site and tell every women to make sure to be put under for this procedure. I also am reading about alot of women having cramping and bleeding, i have none of that just the inital procedure was bad.

January 13, 2010 at 10:05 am
(193) Shirley says:

Hi Ladies, I had a LEEP done 6 days ago at the same time as a tubal ligation (tubes tied) so was under general anaesthetic. I was just wondering if anyone had some weird clots of tissue coming out around 2-4 days after the procedure? I had the normal brownish/black discharge for at least 4 days, but the clots of tissue (not blood clots) made we wonder what the heck was going on. Also having some bright red blood today which is 6 days post surgery – did I read in another post that is normal when the cells regenerate? Anyway, good luck to everyone with their procedures, it really isn’t that bad, more of an inconvenience than anything! Good health to everyone in this new year :)

January 13, 2010 at 11:59 am
(194) Jess says:

I just had this done an hour ago and am resting now. i worked myself up after reading these blogs and to be quite honest, it was not that bad!! The only very very uncomfortable part was the HUGE speculum they use up there. It is a big size because there is rubber or plastic covering it to protect you from the electricity. that was VERY VERY uncomfortable. At one point I told my doctor to take it out because it was so painful! Then again I havent had sex or anything else up there for that matter for about 4 months now, so that probably makes a difference. Secondly, they insert the shots of anesthesia in your cervix(about 4-6 of them)and I did not feel a thing! That is supposedly supposed to be the worst part but I think I was so focused on the speculum! Lastly, you hear the machine and everytime it beeps, that is when it is sending up an electrical current to cut away the cervix. they had to do this about 4 times. All I felt was heat and something wet..but no pain. If you have to have this done, trust me, it sounds a lot more worse than it seems! You will be fine!!

January 18, 2010 at 12:43 pm
(195) Julia says:

I had the LEEP done last week, and it was a BREEZE. I did not feel the injection to numb the area. I felt no pain during or after the procedure. I have had no bleeding, no cramps, nothing……I was very nervous about going, and all for nothing…it was EASY.

January 18, 2010 at 11:01 pm
(196) Stephanie Fiebke says:

I had the LEEP done 2 weeks ago and am still bleeding though not badly – just enough to need a light pad. I got my period 2 days after the procedure so I am sure that had something to do with it. The procedure itself wasn’t horrible. The shot was the worst part. And the epinephrine they gave me made me feel like I was having a panic attack and I was shaking like crazy for about 5 minutes but the doctor was wonderful (a woman of course! I will never have another male Gyno!) and talked me through everything. I did cramp for about 2 days afterwards.

I would suggest having someone come with you – if not in the office, at least to drive you home which I did not since I am stationed away from home and have no girlfriends or family here.

BTW – to the person that called people wimps for telling their experiences – be glad you had a decent experience and hope when you have a bad experience no one calls you names. Karma.

January 21, 2010 at 1:11 pm
(197) Kristyn says:

I just had my second leep done a little over two weeks ago. I went and did it at the hospital instead of the office both times and that is much better. I was asleep and then woke up. The first time was in 1999 and it wasn’t a pleasant experience. The bleeding got on my last nerves. This second time has been a breeze. Very little bleeding except during my period. I was back exercising a week later and I am doing very well.
The cells can come back so get your yearly pap tests. Do not wait two years because prevention is the key.

January 21, 2010 at 2:28 pm
(198) ohhh myy says:

Hey ladies
i have my first leep appointment tomrrow and i have a yeast infection can they still go through with the procedure? i called and was told they can but im still questioning it.
help please!

January 23, 2010 at 6:16 pm
(199) pennylane says:

just wanted to add my story. I have severe anxiety and was soo scared to get this done, i popped 2 xanax and was still freaked out. this procedure was a piece of cake! the shots were scary and a little uncomfortable but thats it! just wanted to put some of you ladies at ease

January 27, 2010 at 11:04 pm
(200) Heather says:

I had one done 2000, when they numbed my cervics and had to put 6 shots in it. yeah let me tell you it was not awesome at all. then he lasered it. the worse smell is burning flesh. i bless for a few days then went away. then i had Endometriosis and laps done. by 2001 i had cervical caner and had my hysterectomy in 2001. I was only 20 years old. i was blessed with one child and wished and would love to had more but it was to late for that.

February 2, 2010 at 6:42 am
(201) Renee says:

Hello ladies! I’ve been dealing with HPV (cancer causing type and it’s too late for gardisil) from the time I was 16, I’ve had 4 copolscopes and countless pap exams. When the doc finally told me I needed the LEEP I was so scared the first time that I actually cancelled my appointment. BIG mistake, these kinds of things need taken care of early because of the cancer situation, if you think the LEEP is scary think about having cancer instead! I was CIN-II and my Mom had cervical cancer when she was pregnant with me so it’s always been a priority to make sure I get a pap done. The doctor will use plenty of anesthetic, and when the needle goes in all you feel is slight cramping (not even as bad as a pap test). He’ll allow that to sit for a few minutes then he will turn on the LEEP machine and use a tiny little loop to take off the section that looks abnormal. I haven’t had children yet so he preserved most of my cervix (as it’s so small from not having children) All of it takes about 35 seconds and then you’re done, it feels like a pinch and that’s it, the smell is horrible but the vaccum line that’s attached to the speculum takes care of most of it. I barely had any bleeding at all, the cramping afterwards can get a little rough but nothing tylenol can’t handle. I know the situation is scary but ladies, it’s not worth it to ignore the problem! Remember before you start taking these reviews to heart that EVERY woman is different. Take tylenol or motrin a half hour BEFORE you go in for your appointment, it’ll make everything easier. I had to pay out of pocket for this procedure so my doctor only charged me 140$ for the procedure and post procedure check up, telling me that it’s crazy important to have it done. I just had it done yesterday, I spent the rest of the day relaxing and he advised against working out for the next week, I haven’t had any cramping and barely any discharge since I woke up. Take a deep breath, relax, and have faith that you’ll be okay, I hope this helps. DONT CANCEL ANY APPOINTMENT, take someone you trust with you (my hubs went with me) and make them hold your hand! Sometimes we need someone next to us to help make us strong, but rest assured that all will be well :)

February 4, 2010 at 2:59 pm
(202) Nervous says:

I’m having mine in about 3 hours. I will say I’m extremely scared and nervous, but I think reading your accounts has helped a little.

February 5, 2010 at 8:53 pm
(203) molly says:

Hey girls, i had my leep 2 1/2 weeks ago and they just called saying that when they test the tissue they like to have a clear margin of cells around it, anyways she said that on one edge of the tissue there was some abnormal cells so im booked in for a colposcopy to make sure they got it all and she alsooo said that this is usually the last time ill see them (meaning ill be told im all healthy) but thats where im confused if theres abnormal cells on the edge then how could they have gotten it all?

if anyone knows how to explain that one please reply!!

February 9, 2010 at 10:19 pm
(204) Sam says:

I found these postings the night before my LEEP (yesterday morning) and I totally freaked myself out. Let me start by saying I am the BIGGEST baby (still get scared to get my blood taken) so I was so nervous after reading these accounts, and afterwards I felt like I had to post my own experience.
First, they can’t use a regular speculum because they use electricity, so they use this big plastic coated one to pry you open-even more uncomfortable then usual.
THIS WAS THE WORST PART. Seriously. My dr described in detail every step he was taking (i almost wish he wouldn’t have!), the numbing shots I BARELY felt (and only a nudge on the first one), and when he turned on the vacuum, I closed my eyes, put my scarf I kept on over my nose (since some woman said the smell was terrible-thank you!) and it was over in 5 seconds. I didn’t feel a thing. I was even able to watch the screen when he cauterised! (rare for me to be able to stomach that!)
So, of course, I was expecting the after effects to be terrible after the aesthetic wore off-mmm, no. MINIMAL spotting (still have today, one day after, but doable with a pantyliner) and no cramping. None. I even went to pilates yesterday night (do not do, I probably wasn’t supposed to).
Anyway, like one woman said, everyone obviously reacts different, but please read all these accounts as a wide range of what could happen and keep an open mind (because I was imagining the WORST and it didn’t happen-not even close). And get it done-well worth your health.

February 16, 2010 at 9:29 pm
(205) notme says:

I had a leep 1/22 I put it off because they first discovered the abnormal cells after months of monitoring and during the monitoring I became pregnant and the procedure could not be done. I finally went in(8 mos pp) after searching every sight known to man on the internet reguarding the leep procedure (this one most helpful). My procedure was relatively the same as everyone else I did the in office got the local and the one that makes you feel like you have been running for your life. Was given tylenol 3 for pain and flagyl for just incase of infection. went home a little sore few days watery dchargeand spotting that lasted 3-5 days then the the thing that stops the bleeding came out. after that blood which i figuted was the begining of my cycle. That part has lasted for two plus weeks. I had my follow up today and doc said still healing i can now use tamopns but no sex still for the next few weeks because it may be too harsh yet for my cervix. Good of procedure no cancer Bad still bleeding ugggg!!! Good luck to everyone past and future.

February 19, 2010 at 3:27 am
(206) Karen says:

how much does the LEEP cost? Is it considered an office visit or outpatient surgery?

February 23, 2010 at 2:32 pm
(207) Crystal says:

I am scheduled for my 2nd procedure on 4/8/10. I had the 1st procedure done last year on 2/13/09 but unfortunately they were not able to get all the bad cells so I am going back in. My 1st procedure was done in the doctor’s office and the procedure was not bad at all. We actually moved that weekend and the worst part for me was that my husband REFUSED to let me pick up anything to help so I had to watch everyone move my stuff!! I had the “coffee” discharge for about a week after the procedure and then my regular period about 2 weeks later…my regular period was actually worse as I seemed to have cramps much more severe than usual. No one else has mentioned that…not sure if it was just me but the period honestly hurt more than the LEEP. I have a very HIGH pain tolerance and I am sure that is one reason I was able to get through it without any trouble. My 2nd procedure is going to be much more extensive and my doctor has suggested that this time I do it in the hospital with anesthesia so I am hoping I have the same positive experience I did last time but I am expecting it to be a bit more painful this time as he has already prepared me that it will be extensive. Every woman is different, every procedure is different but the most important part–as in child birth–is to go into it with a relaxed, positive attitude. Don’t let someone elses’ negative experience scare you away from it because as others have said, no matter your experience, it is certainly better than the alternative!! Good luck & God bless ladies…

February 26, 2010 at 2:33 pm
(208) Spring DeBoer says:

I had a LEEP done in the hospital. I went under for it. I don’t remember it at all. But since having this procedure done I have had to pap smears. Both have hurt very very badly. I have never had pain with my paps before. Is there anyone else out there who has had this problem after a LEEP? Please let me know. I feel like I am the only one out there with this problem. Thank you.

March 3, 2010 at 8:17 pm
(209) Raina says:

Hello everyone; my name is Raina and I am 27 years old with two kids. I am going in on April 6th to have the LEEP procedure done for the second time. I’m kinda scared but trying my best to stay positive, I think the sense of urgency behind everything is what scares me the most. It is very important to make sure you get your PAPs done on a regular basis, you never know what can be brewing on the inside because some things just have know warning symptoms. As for me my history is a little crazy so I never know when there is a problem anyway. Here is a brief overview, just in case someone’s situation is a little similar. Started a normal cycle at the age of 14, had my first child (natural birth) at the age of 19; start having abnormal cycles a year or so after that; found out I was 3 months pregnant with my 2nd child while still having an abnormal cycle; when I was about 7mths pregnant found out I had HPV, did a colpo but everything was fine; continued to have abnormal cycles and my doc put me on birth control; went from the pills to depo and it was later discovered that I had polyps in my uterus; had those removed went on to use the nuva ring to try and help with my cycle, no luck there so that went down the drain as well. July of 2009 started back having migranes along with some heavy bleeding; went to the ER and they later directed me to the women’s clinic; had a PAP done, colpo in August, LEEP procedure done in September. My doctor instructed me to get another PAP done three months later. Went at the beginning of February for my PAP, had a colpo done like two weeks ago and of course things weren’t good, so like I said at the beginning I’m going again in April to have another LEEP. For anyone that’s having this done, everyone is different so don’t let someone else situation scare you or stress you out. I did experience the crazy heart racing effects of the numbing agent they use during the LEEP, the brown/black discharge from the medicine they use afterward to help with the bleeding, some heavy bleeding for a few days along with the stomach cramps and the smelly discharge that seemed liked it would never go away! But thru it all find your support system and use it! Pray, read a book, go shopping, watch TV, eat a boat load of ice cream, whatever it is you have to do to cope with this bump in the road. Stay positive! Good luck to you all and thanks to everyone else who has shared their experience!

March 9, 2010 at 12:21 am
(210) Laura says:

I had my second LEEP on 2/18, about 5.5 years after the first. Outpatient procedure each time. Mainly I want to share some things I used to help make the second one more bearable. The thing that stuck in my mind from the first one was the burning smell, so I thought to bring in something fragrant to mask that. I decided on a double spice chai tea bag, in its opened wrapper, which I held near my nose. It was perfect! And the other thing was to bring in my mp3 player for soothing distraction. I found it very helpful to stimulate different senses so I wasn’t as focused on the procedure. I can imagine tactile and visual stimuli to be helpful as well. So, if you’re nervous about an upcoming LEEP, I recommend asking whether you can bring in things you think might make you more comfortable.

March 15, 2010 at 6:37 pm
(211) kara says:

had leep feb.5 2010, had cramping bleeding and large clots for first few days, started my menstrual cycle 6 days later and still having cramping and moderate bleeding, also having hot flashes but not fevered cramping is uncomfortable but tolerable and just using tylenol for cramps. overall procedure was not too bad, just long recovery to get through!

March 16, 2010 at 8:12 pm
(212) Dorota says:

I had LEEP done in July and it hurt even though they gave me maximum dose of local anesthetic. My doctor thinks it’s unrelated but… I am having pains that I have never experienced before around my ovulation time and I just recently had my first post LEEP pap and that hurt like HELL. My paps never hurt before, they were mildly uncomfortable but this one I was hurting the whole time… Let me tell you one thing ladies, as a future doctor, doctors don’t know everything, if you are suddenly having a pain or discomfort that you have not had before LEEP, research it because it probably is related to LEEP.

March 25, 2010 at 12:23 am
(213) abbie says:

Getting the leep done tomorrow. Wish me luck!

March 26, 2010 at 10:44 am
(214) Chris says:

@ Julie are you sure about the correct recommendations? because you need to get your paps every 6-12 months done if they are abnormal after a leep procedure until cleared. Never 3 leeps done on a patient. The last one should of been a cone. If the dysplasia keeps coming back then it is due to your sexual history with the same partner. HPV in contracted through sex, meaning if you are still sleeping with the same person who gave it to you, it will never resolve.

March 27, 2010 at 2:11 pm
(215) Sarah G says:

I just had my LEEP procedure done yesterday due to severe cervical dysplasia. I didn’t have general anesthesia. The procedure didn’t hurt as much as I thought it would. There was just mild discomfort. I didn’t bleed much at all. The main complaint I have is that ever since the procedure, I feel unusually exhausted. Good luck to everyone who has this procedure.

March 28, 2010 at 7:52 pm
(216) Stasi J says:

I had a leep done about 10 days ago. The numbing of the cervix was the most painful part. Other than that the procedure was ok. Afterward i was experiencing some slight discomfort but that went away after about 24-48hrs. However, i’ve been experiencing headaches and nausea every since and i am still bleeding. Its not alot but its been almost 2 weeks and the its still happening. Haven’t been able to contact my doctor (phone tag thing) but i’m worried. Having headaches everyday impedes me from doing my job and going about my everyday. I just want to know is it normal to bleed this long or longer?

March 30, 2010 at 6:03 am
(217) Tammy says:

I had the LEEP done one week ago. After reading these posts I am glad that I had it done as outpatient and my doctor put me to sleep. He told me this procedure is very painful for some and not at all for others. So, he prefers putting his patients to sleep so he knows they dont feel it.
I was actually on my period when mine was done. I had no discomfort or pain when I woke up. The nurses, anesthesiologists and doctors were all great and very attentive. I was even given something for pain before I was woke up, to be on the safe side. They took alot of tissue during the procedure. So, it was expected for me to be in pain, but I am not. I was lucky.
Since my period is over I have this awful discharge. The past two days it is dark grey/black discharge. No blood or any other color. It looks like wet ashes, and it is heavy! Any advice on this?
The smell is awful. No one else seems to notice it but I do. What I need to know is should I call my Doctor?

April 6, 2010 at 4:44 pm
(218) Amanda says:

I had the LEEP procedure done 1 week and 5 days ago. It was one of the worst things I have ever went through. It is very cruel and unusual punishment. I had the local anesthesia shots. Plus the spray anesthesia. First let me tell you, my Dr. never gave me an option to be put to sleep. I was told this is the only way they can do this now. What bull. They sprayed my cervix and then gave me 4 shots. About 3 minutes later I was feeling pain. So she sprayed me and gave me 2 more shots and about 3 minutes later, the pain was back again. So she sprayed and hurried to try to finish it up. She said my liver was absorbing the medication too quickly. So they told me that I would have to come back in two week, which is this Friday to find out about how I and healing and to make sure she got everything. The pain was horrible and the smell was nasty. If I have to go through with that again. I’m going to ask to be put to sleep first. Why anyone would ever choose to have this done out of a hospital is beyond me. The ONLY reason I did, is because I was told that that was the only way.

April 7, 2010 at 9:40 pm
(219) Vicky says:

Hi everyone,
has anyone ever had a urinary tract infection from a colpo, biopsy and freezing procedure?

April 13, 2010 at 8:55 pm
(220) dawn says:

I just had a colposcopy and a ECC done Where my PHD took 8 biopbies, ten days later i had the LEEP done in which she took 6 biopsies along with 2 chunks out the size of bottle caps. the leep wasn’t all that bad but neither of the procedures would i wish on my worst enemy. It was painful and unconfortable. not ot mention the “stuff” that you discharge for the next 2 weeks. Im 31 and a single mom of a 4 year old and now have to see GYN cancer specialist to see if there’s any hting left. for those who think your cervix is only two inches big it seem the size of the world when you’vehad as many biobsies as me ans there still taking more. whats worse of all the “dr” won’t do a cervix removal/partial historectomy because Im not Married. like my health can be put on hold till some day in the future when i might get married

April 14, 2010 at 1:25 pm
(221) Terri says:

Hi, I was looking for info about the leep. I guess this is what the doctor is wanting to do to treat Cin 3. I am scared big time..I have read everyones comments, what is this stuff about the smell is this during the procedure or after? And after this is done and you have to go back to the doctor for check ups do they just do a pap or do they do copos’s again? And please tell me why I feel so alone, my husband doesn’t understand, even though he says everything will be okay

April 20, 2010 at 3:58 pm
(222) nyblue says:

i had this leep done along with a biopsy and some cone thing all at once and OUCH!!!!! the needles werent bad at all it felt like cold water being shot up in there. but the leep felt like a blow torch and then severe cramping at the office but when i left it felt like nothing was done no pain no nothing

April 21, 2010 at 2:56 pm
(223) Terri says:

Was you able to drive afterwards? My sister offered to go but I am thinking of going by myself…How long did the cramping last?

April 25, 2010 at 8:14 pm
(224) tjgreg says:

I had the leep done. I exercised immediately the next day. I ate various proteins (whey yogurt, beef, turkey, cottage cheese) and made sure I had 100% of my daily vitamin C intake – both promote healing wounds. I did not lift anything heavy. I stopped spotting 13 days after the procedure. I am writing this because everything I had read prior to my procedure made it sound much worse than it actually was. I am a healthy, physically active 30 yr old woman though. I would assume everyone has a different experience. I experienced mild cramping, barely noticeable. Just want to put it out there that some people do not have the horror stories.

May 4, 2010 at 11:55 am
(225) hazelnut says:

I just got home from my leep procedure. It was this morning and I have to say that I was nervous for no reason!!!My doctor is great because I did not feel a thing and he was really fast!!!I feel truly blessed and feel I am in good hands! As for everyone else, thats getting leep, dont worry , it sounds worse than what it is ..literally!! it will be fine , and if its for our health even better!!!! Goood luck to everyone :)

May 20, 2010 at 5:14 pm
(226) bobbie says:

I must say I chose the general bc I had a csection with general and it went great (after 17 hours hard labor no epi for ten of that!)My sister has cervical cancer bc she ignored hers so be careful! But she explained the procedure to me and I’m really calm about it… The place where I’m goin gives u a valuum an hour before so u are relaxed when u go under… So I’m just gonna think of it as a nice relaxing day where I get to relax then go to sleep for a lil while…thank god I chose the hospital instead of in office bc I think it will make the whole experience better… If I can have a baby cut out of me while knocked out(only five months ago) I’m sure this will b a piece of cake…wish me luck!

May 21, 2010 at 8:50 am
(227) Jin says:

Cervical Cancer is NOT genetic, you get it because of abnormal paps/HPV related. This virus comes from sexual contact most of the time. If you ignore the letters that your doctors mail to your house about your abnormal paps then it will turn into cervial cancer. Multiple partners will cause your paps to become abnormal because the men carrie this HPV (virus)

May 26, 2010 at 7:49 pm
(228) BD says:

I just got negative results from my second LEEP procedure. I have to go back for a colop next week. Does anyone know what happens after this? I am young and haven’t had children yet so I do not want to come near having a hysterectomy at this point in my life. Anyone know of anyone or any suggestions?

May 27, 2010 at 3:28 am
(229) JG says:

Hi i had my LEEP March 30 so it hasnt been quite 2 months yet. My procedure went well, i was put to sleep and felt no pain when i woke up or while i recovered. I have chronic bladder problems, so to ans someone elses question about bladder infection from LEEP, no i didnt get one, and i get them if i just think about it! lol. My question ladies is, almost 2 months now, today i started bleeding pretty heavy all of sudden. I know its not my period i just had it over a week ago and ended 4 days ago. I did excert myself a bit today going up steep stairs for work (and i wear a heavy belt) but should i call my dr about a simple sudden bleeding? it lasted only for 1 hr, and has gone from bright red to brown now. it was a similar “whoose” that i have read on here, but it was not too bad.

May 28, 2010 at 3:03 pm
(230) GNicole says:

Hi. I had an abnormal pap last year in april and again this year in March. My pap in April of 09 was ascus, negative for hpv. And In March of 10 was ascus again but positive for hpv.

I have been in a monogomas relationship for for plus years and get the whole frustrating fundamentals of hpv… So Im not pointing my finger. I however have no one to talk to about my situatin and get advise from cause as popular as it may be, people just dont air there dirty laudry. I know i myself have felt very uncomfortable about it.

Any who. I had a colposcopy after my 2010 pap and 2 biopsies were taken one came back normal and the other came back as high grade cin II. This is the first year that i have ever tested positive. My doctor reasured me that this is very very slow progressing, and scheduled me for LEEP. Im in no way trying to get out of the procedure but am looking for a way to prevent this from happening again. Im definately scared but more for reasons of not being able to create a family or them finding something past what the eye can see.

I have been doing a ton of research and was wondering instead of talking side effects if anyone could concuer my research with their own personal experiences. It never hurts to know as much as you can and be your best advocate.

I have found research shows that people with HPV have low levels of CoQ10, Vitamin D, A, B6, B12 and folic acid. Ive read someones experience with opting out of leep and going on this special mixture of vitamins which left her Hpv negative 6 months later and with a full intact cervix..

Ive also read that Lycopene helps. Which is naturally found in tomato sauces, pink grapefruit, watermelon and mangos.

I have quit smoking since i got my results positive hpv results in March 2010 cold turkey. Ive been taking rainbow light multi’s for women and since reading about these things will be upping some doses to the recommended levels and or adding these vitamins to my regimen. Also throwing in some green tea extract, echinacea, and vitamin c. What ever it takes.

It also says a diet high in rich veggies and fruits help kick some hpv a**.

Im not recommending anyone try this at home because everyones result and real issues are different. Please dont try to self treat yourself off of my information, Im kindly just asking if anyone else has tried this or has more information for me? Like I said I have no one to talk to except for my doctors, friends and family. But none of these people have the physical proof as they do not have what so many of us have.

I wish everyone tons of luck! My procedure is on June 15th 2010. Stay positive and laugh… A man cured himself from laughter. Where thers a will theres a way.

If anyone wants to chat you can email me at

May 29, 2010 at 9:16 pm
(231) Kimberly says:

I had my LEEP done last Monday. I honestly have to say it was easier than the colposcopy! I think because I had a women do the LEEP and a guy did the colposcopy. The guy drs don’t seem to realize how uncomfortable that spectum thingy is and never put it in right. – he left it in while he “draw” my bad cells in my chart. He had it on the computer why doesn’t he just take a screen print? Not to mention he had my legs in an uncomfortable position and my butt to far off the table. I had more discomfort after the colposcopy than the LEEP (so far).

Yes, I felt it when they injected the local and my heart went racing like she said it would. But it was much more comfortable than the colposcopy. I felt I bit out of after but I have diabetes so my BG went up a bit and felt tired. I felt no cramping until about an hour or so after and even then it was pretty mild. I took an Aleve and it never came back so far. I have only had yellow-brownish discharge and a brown wad come out so far. A little bit of watery discharge but no real blood. It has almost been a week so I wonder if I will have any or not. I have been very careful will just resting and not lifting anything heavy and no exercising – just in case. I hope this is it and i don’t have any major blood.

I go back in a few weeks for a followup. They said it is normal to have watery discharge as that is the cervix healing. So I guess watery discharge is good.

May 31, 2010 at 11:17 pm
(232) T123 says:

I had a leep done almost 2 years ago now. Yes it was very painfull and uncomfortable. But ever sense I have got it, when I urinate it feels almost like i have to push something out, I have asked my obgyn what is going on, but it’s always “wam bam thank you mam” kinna feeling. I generally dont get any info other than i am fine, but i really dont feel fine….and on top of that I don’t have insurence or the money to find a new one or even see my old one…ahh what should I do???

June 5, 2010 at 2:16 pm
(233) cherie says:

i’ve never written a comment on a blog before but this blog site both helped me and scared me prior to my LEEP which i had yesterday. i just want to say i had the procedure in office without any conscious sedation or medication other than the numbing medicine they injected into my cervix….and it was not bad at all. i agree that the colposcopy and biopsys were worse than the LEEP, i guess because they numb you for the LEEP, but not for the biopsies. i was scared to death, but it was WAY WAY less of a deal than i thought it was going to be. so if you have to have this procedure done, don’t be afraid.

June 6, 2010 at 4:21 pm
(234) LLW says:

I had the procedure done the medicine they injected made me woozy and sick & let me say the pain (cramping) afterwards was unbareable. & to make matters worse nothing i took worked.. The bleeding didnt bother me so much but a few days i started passing large clots which was a little distracting and weired me out. But it was normal as long as it didnt last the whole time.. The crampin after the bleeding was the worst felt like small contractions & i suppose this was a result of the cervix healing.. i just hope i dont have to go through this again.

June 8, 2010 at 8:32 am
(235) wordweaver says:

I just had the procedure done yesterday. I asked to have the lidocaine injection without epinephrin (this is what causes the racing heart). They (the doctor and nurse) told me to let them know if I felt any pain and they would stop. I listened to some very relaxing music on my Ipod, shut my eyes and it was over in 6.5 minutes. I did feel pain, but nothing that I couldn’t handle.

I did walk out of the office very slowly and had my daughter drive me home. I took ibuprofen every 4 hours last night and slept fine. I haven’t been in my feet much this morning, and so I am not feeling much pain, just very exhausted, mild cramps once in awhile and glad I took the day off from work. I am 45 years old with three adult children.

I was a little surprised when the doctor said they would send the tissue to pathology. For some reason I thought the purpose of the LEEP was to remove the bad tissue and didn’t realize it would be tested further. When I had dsyplasia 23 years ago, the cells were frozen off and that was it, other than pap tests every 3-4 months for a year.

June 8, 2010 at 12:46 pm
(236) Sh@# Happens says:

I had an abnormal PAP and tested positive for HPV in April and got a colposcopy in May, which told me that I have CIN II (moderate dysplasia). My LEEP procedure, which will be an outpatient surgery that they’re knocking me out for, is scheduled for June 15th, 2010.

I’m nervous about the procedure and will definitely report back, but I more wanted to respond to GNicole’s post about vitamin/nutrient deficiencies that exist in women with HPV.

I don’t know if you came upon all that all on your own (if so, kudos!!) but my doctor also recommended that I start taking the following supplements: N Acetyl Cysteine (which should also be taken with a ridiculous amount of vitamin C), Vitamin D 2000 iu, and green tea extract.

I’m a total head case and ordered all those items online immediately in hopes that they’ll help out. I wish I had a solid testimonial at this point but just wanted to throw it out there in case other people also want to try and haven’t heard about it.

Good luck all!

June 10, 2010 at 9:23 am
(237) Susan says:

I had the Leep procedure done June 8th 2010, out patient under seditive injection and numbing of the cervix . I woke up and jumped during the procedure and was given more to put me out. That was kind of scarey . I slept a lot that day and didn’t feel any pain til the next day . I had sever cramping so I called the dr and told them I needed something for pain..they gave me vicodin helped so much. Started bleeding when I tried to do some walking so I’m just resting and laying on the couch.
From what I have read everyones experience is different..But if for any reason you are uncomfortable or questioning is something is right or not..please just call your doctor don’t ask for someone elses advice cuz their situation might be different than yours

June 10, 2010 at 9:28 pm
(238) Jen says:

Hi…A few weeks back I got results back from a pap that I had atypical glandular cells. I had a colposcopy and EEC done last week. Results were benign, but my dr. wants me to have a D&C and a LEEP on the same day. Has anyone done that? What was the recovery time for that like?

Has anyone got normal results from a LEEP after a atypical glandular cell pap? Would I go back to just having paps every four to six months?

June 12, 2010 at 1:20 am
(239) Kimberly says:

I left a comment before a few weeks ago. My LEEP was not a big deal. I had yellow/brown/black discharge the first week and the second week I got my period (at I am pretty sure it was my period) a bit early on June 1. Than about 3 days after the period ended (about 2 weeks after the procedure) I started bleedin fresh blood – WTF? So I thought maybe THAT was my period since that was the week it was supposed to come. It was only heavish for a a few hours than went to medium ish for the the next several days than to almost nothing. So I though, yeah it is over. I have been changing one pad a day – I still have some bleeding and discharge.

But now, all of a sudden, this afternoon, again the heavier blood starts! And clots! Ugh. One looked like a kidney or something. The biggest one so far was fit into my palm. It was gross (and gross as I am I went into the toilet to look at it – it had some sort of gruely stuff in it and was kinda of solid and gummy – ugh). So I am freaked out. I am almost 3 weeks in – shouldn’t it be gettin better and not worse?! My follow up appointment is on Monday. I certainly hope this slows down as i have no insurance and can’t go to the ER. I don’t understand where these clots are coming from. Am I having 3 periods in the 3 weeks? I don’t normally have clots in my period but my period is heavy at the beginning -I have had a few smalish clots before. Why would I have clots? I could understand the cut site bleeding but how would it clot up. It looks like a lot of women get the clots though. I wish they would explain it better to you – where all this is coming from so we don’t freak out.

The explaination about the swelling makes some sense. But weird how it was so eay the first week and hell three weeks in – should it be MORE healed now than it was the first week so there should be LESS blood and discharge? Makes no sense at all.

The worst part is that I have been very careful and layin around not doing ANYTHING at all -I don’t even have a job right now – so I know it wasn’t something I did. It is really not fair. Is this thing ever going to heal? I don’t mind the discharge -no matter how gross it might be but this blood is too much.. And of course it happens in the middle of night or on a Sunday or something when the only option is the ER! Why me?

June 15, 2010 at 11:59 am
(240) susan says:

update from (237) Its been a week now I have a brown/black discharge which really smelled bad. thought I had an infection, had it checked and found out its all normal…how long does this dischage last and when will the smell end? Also I thought I could resume normal activity a few days later…But all I did was walk around walmart and I started bleeding and I felt totally exhausted..so i went home and slept for a few hours..I have been very depressed also. Has anyone else felt like this?
other than that my cramps are subsiding . I go for anotehr checkup on monday the 21st…

June 16, 2010 at 2:38 am
(241) robin says:

Hello ladies, I just wanted to commend all of you for sharing your experiences, the more information we all have, the better. I had a leep in late 7/09, it was done in the office, my doc is great, the leep wasn’t as bad as I thought is was going to be, I’d say the thing that bothered me the most was the the shot that made my heart race, it made my legs shake, and actually, my whole body shake. I didn’t have lots of pain, some pain, but it was tolerable. The bleeding, cramps, and funky stuff coming out for a couple of weeks was no fun. My follow up pap 4 months later was good. But my pap 4 months after that, in 3/10 had low grade bad cells again, so now I go again tomorrow ( 6/10 ) for another check and will probably have another colpo, and then decide from there depending on the results. Every now and then I freak out about it, let’s face it, it’s scary what we’re going through. But, I’ve found little things to help distract my thoughts, I walk out to my garden, I go on youtube and watch funny videos, I play pogo, anything. Reading through the posts here, I think there is one thing that is pretty common among most, it’s fear. And you know what, it’s alright to be afraid. I think it helps us in a way, because it keeps us diligent on our paps. I wish all you ladies well, and please know that your posts are giving others knowledge and strength.

June 16, 2010 at 3:52 am
(242) robin says:

Sorry I’m leaving another message so quickly, but I had wanted to say something to KIMBERLY, I went through pretty much what you are. That was almost a year ago after my leep. My periods were not normal for several months either. My doc said that unusual bleeding and clotting were really very common. He said if I can ride it out things should get back to normal in a few months. If it’s too bothersome, then we can look into different options to help with the things I can’t handle. He is one of the few ‘experts’ on cervical stuff in western massachusetts. He was right though, for me anyway, things did get back to ‘normal’ after about 4-5 months. If you’re going to a follow up, write down the questions you have so you don’t forget them. And don’t let your doc off the hook until you have answers. I wish you well, let me know how you’re doing. :)

June 18, 2010 at 5:18 pm
(243) Nadia says:

I had a LEEP on 06/08/10 and it’s my second. The first was August of 2009. After a full week after my first LEEP, I bled pretty bad and had to go to the E.R. and stayed the night.

It’s going to be about a week since my second LEEP and I had some pinkish discharge, but now I’m actually bleeding, not too bad this time around, but I’m still a little scared. I go back for my follow up appointment on 06/22/10. I hope the bleeding has stopped by then.

Pap smears will continue to be done every three months. I was “looking forward” to having them every six months, but oh well.

Get your pap smears and use condoms ALL the time to prevent re-exposure to the HPV.

June 18, 2010 at 11:23 pm
(244) angela says:

I had the LEEP procedure 2 months ago after being diagnosed with CIN III. Unfortunately, it was a horrible experience for me and I hope that others don’t have the same experience as I did. The numbing shot that they used did not numb that much.. (and if it did numb any pain I cant imagine what it would have been like without it). My doctor said that he was going to be conservative about it because of how young I am, he didnt want to take away too much and weaken my cervix (bc one day I want to have kids). Anyways the pain was indescribable. I screamed each time the device touched me. And it was weird because it was a scream that I couldnt control… in the end obviously I am glad that i got it done. And even though I dread each time I get the mail in fear of another hospital bill I am so thankful for them catching it in time. You have to be your own health advocate. No one else will be. It is highly important for those that need the LEEP procedure to get it done despite the pain and the cost and the psychological/emotions you have for some time after.

June 25, 2010 at 7:59 am
(245) Cebuana says:

I have Leep procedure yesterday, June 24, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. at the hospital. I went to the hospital earlier at 7:55 a.m. for Patient Registration before going to OR. The hospital required you to come early and talk to them about billing. As we all know, Doctors and hospital want their money first. So, I paid my patient responsible fees ($1,242.00 just for the hospital, the doctor who perform the leep is $250.55 and the Anesthesiologist Doctor’s bill not yet known but I am anxious how much would it be?) on my cc in full amount just to avoid headaches but 80% the United Health Care pays for it. I wish it would be 100% but better than nothing. After all, I was waiting at the lobby to be called and the prep-op nurse came and took me to the waiting room at 8:03 a.m. There was many nurses I could not remember their names but anyway, they asked many questions…name, dob, any allergy, any surgery in past, have you eaten or drink after midnight before coming for surgery, and lots of queries. I was so nervous and went to the bathroom many times with my gown and without underwear so I have to wrap up myself not to be seen because the curtain was open to see people passing by in the waiting room. The anesesiologist nurse came to discuss all the stuff. She told me she is going to give me an oxygen but I refused because I couldn’t breath with the mask on. She said it is going to be a tube in your nose and I promised it would get hurt, so I said, “okay that is fine.” Then later, she gave me pain reliever at 9:25 a.m. My doctor stopped by at the waiting room and told the nurses that she was ready to take me to the OR. The nurses rolled me into the OR at 9:27 a.m. The nurse asked me to move my body on the operating table and place my bottom in the hole. The OR was chilly and quite although there was a male nurse preparing the tools surgery. A few minutes later, I begun to feel sleepy ( I thought to myself let me take a nap while waiting my doctor to come but never will I woke up during surgery) I think the pain reliever made me sleepy completely. I don’t know what happen next but I woke up at the recovery room at stage 1. I feel my left nose nasal it really hurts to breath in and out and got some mucus so, I have to keep blowing my nose if not it gets worst. My left eyes accumulate with tears because of the pain of my nose. I believed the anesthesiologist nurse shovelled the oxygen breathing tube deep into my nostril. Right now, I keep sneezing and blowing my nose and I could sleep at night because of the pain to breath in and out. It is an awful experience before I went to the hospital I was fine. I have bleeding and a pulp of blood gushing out my vagina. Yesterday, I had 7 pads full of blood when I got home from the hospital. I have no cramps but just the heavy bleeding. It is also my due date of my periods. It could be the reason that I have a heavy bleeding after the leep surgery. There was no pain during the surgery for I was totally out. My pain is my nose that I am feeling sick right now. My husband is concerned about my bleeding and the trauma of my left nose because I couldn’t get enough sleep and we have 3 kids ( 5, 3 and 1 yr. old) to take good care. He is taking two days off from work to help me out with the kids. He will be back to work this coming Monday and it everything would be me.

My fellow Leep patience, do whatever you think it is right for you (like putting the oxygen tube inserting in your nose, tell the nurse ahead of time do not shovel the tube hard into your nose because it would be painful for you at the end so take the mask instead of air tube.)

The leep surgery is fine no pain just make sure you are in general anesthesia. So, your vagina won’t get burn while your doctor is performing the leep surgery on you. Probably, its painful that is why my doctor request to put me on general anesthesia. If you are brave and wanted to see the surgery being done, you could probably request for local anesthesia.

So, at this time, I am waiting for lab result for a week and see what happen. Let us pray everyday and do the right thing to keep it healthy. Take good care and May God Bless You Ladies.

July 4, 2010 at 7:04 pm
(246) Shaylyn says:

I have to get this procedue done this week for the 5th time. It just keeps coming back. for thoes who have had it done once and that was the end of it, be thankful…it could be worse :(

July 7, 2010 at 8:34 pm
(247) christina says:

I had a colpo done three weeks ago when I tested positive for HPV. The colpo revealed that I had CIN2/3. I have severe displaysia. I’m going to schedule my LEEP in the morning, and I am woried about it. The colpo lasted for 30 min. I think it would have been faster, but I bled a lot during the procedure. My doctor also took three biopsies. I never sweat, but I did (a lot) during the procudure. I jumped when he clipped the skin. I experienced heavy bleeding for three days, and I continued to bleed lightly for about a week. I’m not sure if I can handle this. My docotor is doing the procedure in his office with a local. I can’t wait to get it over with.

July 8, 2010 at 10:28 am
(248) Betsy says:

I have the leep done today at 130 I was supposed to have it done in January but due to insurance issues it was put off till now. When I became pregnant in Feb of 09 they discover I had abnormal cells and after doing a colposcopy they decided to wait to do a biopsy in hopes that my body would take care of the cells after labor. Unfortunately I was not that lucky. I had a biopsy done about 2 months after my daughter was born and it came back high grade level 3 and that was from a sample higher up in my cervix where the doctor couldn’t see. They also informed me it was from HPV. I hoping that the leep will remove all the precancerous cells and that it hasn’t gotten worse since I was last in. I am also hoping this takes care of the HPV. My doctor informed me that in most cases that when the cells are removed the HPV is too. Fingers crossed. My advice to all young girls out there get yearly paps when you turn 18 like the recommend. I didn’t and if I hadn’t got pregnant with my daughter when I did I might have never of known until it was to late. I’m only 22 and to think I could of lost my uterus just by not getting a regular pap smear every year.

July 11, 2010 at 4:34 am
(249) Ashley says:

I am suppose to be getting a Leep procedure done as soon as I possibly can. I was diagnosed with HPV almost 4 years ago. I am 25 years old now. After having 3 colpos done, I was diagnosed with cervical cancer. I’m freaking out about my results. I’m scared to get the procedure done. I know I should not freak out about it. Everyone else that has posted has either had a horrible experience or a good experience. As for me though, I had a hard time handling the colpos. I couldn’t walk for almost a week after getting those done.

I want to know if anyone has any advice for me with what I should really be concerned with about the Leep Procedure. I’m worried that I may not get to have anymore kids and that my 6 year old will be the only child.

July 13, 2010 at 2:17 am
(250) Chelse says:

I’m having the leep procedure done on Monday. I will be awake and it wiil be done at my doctors office. I am only 22 and extremely nervous about the entire thing. My doctor told me that she doesn’t want me doing anything for a week, 3 days at least. She said no physical activity, no lifting anything under any circumstances, and no walking unless its a very short distance. so I took some days off of work and Im getting more and more nervous by the day. I thought the Colposcopy was extremely painful, which i did not expect at all. I absolutely hate needles and cannot even begin to think about having them in my cervix, so since i will be awake i asked my doctor if she could calls me in something to take prior to the procedure so that i am more relaxed. She is going to do that, so i feel slightly better knowing that much. I just would like this to be over with. My family has a history of these kind of problems and just last year my pap came back normal. So in a year’s time I developed CIN 3. Which my doctor explained that they no longer differentiate between CIN3 and Invasive cancer. She told me that 50% of doctors will say its CIN 3 and the other 50% say its invasive cancer. So now, they no longer differentiate. That of course didnt help me in the words department.

Im nervous and I hope all goes well, I dont have a high pain tolerance so this should be interesting. Not to mention I’m ALWAYS running around doing this and that. I have a full time job, sell real estate on the side, I had just gotten into a good gym routine, and come fall I coach a cheerleading squad and will be starting classes. So me doing nothing for a week, in the middle of summer is going to be so hard. But I am not going to do anything to risk my health so ill be following all of my doctors directions.

A few people i know have had this done, some awake, others asleep. i wish now i could have just been knocked out for it but its happening on monday and i just want it over with.

wish me luck, ill need it.

July 13, 2010 at 2:23 am
(251) Chelse says:

whoops i meant to say that “it doesnt help me out in the NERVES department”

July 19, 2010 at 2:50 pm
(252) ana says:

Hey Ashley, I am the same state of mind you are. Im 22 and have CIN 3. I have no kids but I do have a husband who love me and supports me through this which helps alot. But after doing more reseach and learning more about what i will need to go through I feel better. You cant let this freak you out. Everyone is different and everybody is different so who know how my Leep is going to be but i cant let it get to me. So dont let it get to you cause you will freak yourself out more then what you need to. I wish you the best of luck.

July 27, 2010 at 9:21 am
(253) Trixie says:

I just had my first LEEP yesterday and was completely freaked out and anxious prior to the procedure. Mine was done in office , so I was awake for it.

The colposcopies I’ve had done were so much worse (although it depends on who does them–some practitioners just have a way of making even the most uncomfortable medical procedures bearable). My doc was great. I was lucky in that the epinephrine didn’t make me uncomfortable at all—no racing heart, no shakes, etc. I was more nerves than anything. For me, the worst part was just keeping my legs in that position for so long—I always feel so awkward letting my “knees fall” when I’m in the stirrups–but after I finally just let myself do it, it was a lot easier. I didn’t feel any pain–barely felt the lidocaine/epinephrine injection–good thing the cervix isn’t well innervated!

I took an 800 mg IBU (ibuprofen) 45 min prior to my appointment so this may have helped. Following my procedure–no bleeding, just some of that vinegar stuff. I even played 3 hours of competitive volleyball (which I was directed NOT to do–but hey, I love volleyball). I was totally fine, didn’t have any pains and surprisingly no cramping (which I intensely experienced after my colposcopies). Over the next couple days I’m expecting to have some bleeding and discharge. To the ladies concerned about passing “clots”–what you’re seeing is probably that brown substance that they put on the cervix to stop bleeding–totally normal and expected, so no worries :)

Also…they test the tissue removed just to make sure that they nabbed all the abnormal cells (they check the edges—this is also why they cauterize, to get any wayward cells that might be there). This is one of the benefits of having the leep over laser.

July 31, 2010 at 9:02 pm
(254) Melissa says:

I had this procedure performed a few days ago. I feel sorry for all the women on here who have had such bad experiences with this. I can only blame the physicians for that. I had a wonderful gyn doctor who took very good care of me. I was a little uncomfortable during the procedure, but no real pain. He also cauterized my cervix afterwards to minimize any bleeding. I think the speculum was the worst part. My physician gave me Lortab and Valium to take before, and afterward. I had some bad cramping 3-4 hours later, but the pain medication took care of that. I think talking to my physician about the procedure a few weeks before really helped. I knew exactly what to expect during the surgery and afterward. I can only hope that those who have had a bad experience find another physician who will sit and listen to their concerns.

August 3, 2010 at 1:55 pm
(255) Hillary says:

I had my LEEP done 3 months ago and was terrified of what was going to happen and how it was going to feel. I had High Risk HPV and needed to get it taken care of as soon as possible. I went in for a Culposcopy with one doctor and was terrible. I almost passed out, just about threw up. It scared me of what the actual thing was going to feel like. I requested a new doctor for the actual procedure and he had me come in to just talk about the options I had. There were a few, but the most promising was the LEEP, so I scheduled with him. I was so nervous I couldn’t sleep, I was shaking. I go in, a nurse comes in with us and she held my hand through the whole thing. I felt about the first 3 needles and I squeezed her hand through it. It was over fast and that’s the worst that happened, which wasn’t bad. I felt nothing after that. I drove home, and felt like nothing had even happened. I had cramps, but it might have been because I started my period the same day. So I’m not sure about the bleeding or anything, because I was already going to be. So don’t worry. It’s over fast, and nothing to worry about.

August 7, 2010 at 9:27 am
(256) rose harley says:

Ihad a leep procedure done for mild dysplasia (hpv) on July 14 and im still bleeding and it’s august 7. I am so depressed with this i cry everyday. it is ruining everything, and i called the dr and they said it was normal to bleed so long.


August 9, 2010 at 7:54 pm
(257) AK says:

I had the LEEP procedure and small cone biopsy performend this morning. The procedure was done at the local hospital and I was given general anesthesia. Things could not have gone better. I have been tired all day from the anesthsia and have had mild cramping which went away with ibprofen but that is it. No driving or heavy lifting for 24 hours. Also, no sex, tampons, etc for 4 weeks. I would highly recommend being put under general anesthesia for this procedure-I have terrible anxiety with most medical procedures but had no trouble at all today since I knew I would be asleep. I had to be at the hospital at 6am to sign in, etc. My procedure was at 7:30am-with recovery time and all I was out of the hospital by 10:30. Quick and painless! My doctor wanted to to the procedure in her office with just local anesthesia but I had a bad experience with the endometrial biopsy I had a few weeks ago so I asked to please be put asleep for the LEEP. Good luck to all the ladies out there going through the same thing.

August 10, 2010 at 11:37 pm
(258) sf says:

You just don’t know if it will be “good” for you or “bad” for you.. if an endometrial doesn’t hurt you and a colposcopy doesn’t hurt you then this might.

I took two Percoset and got my husband to drive me. It still hurt like hell, crampwise. On my scale it’s worse than colsposcopy (even with the anesthetic which they told me was the most hurt) but way better than an endometrial biopsy.

August 13, 2010 at 10:41 pm
(259) sf says:

I had my LEEP on Tuesday and on Thursday was in a meeting at the office and just started “gushing” blood. Had to go to the ER, so here are my two lessons.

First, wear pads for at least four days. Bring extra pads to work!
Second, do not go two hours or more from a hospital or doctors office. Where I live we have many places that are that far away, and I would have probably been too weak to get to the hospital. We also have poor cell coverage in some areas so could not have called 911. I was very close to needing a transfusion. Bleeding vigorously is a dangerous thing- your regular doctor or the ER can easily take care of it but you need to be sure you aren’t four hours away. The whole thing was not difficult (for them to cauterize) but you need to be around people who can do it.
Third, I went to a doc in the box (urgent care) near work. They told me “bleeding more than one pad an hour, go to the ER.” Then when I talked to my doctor she said they could have done it in their office, but they weren’t open. So my advice, more than one pad an hour call your doc, and if they are not available go to an ER.

August 15, 2010 at 6:24 pm
(260) Rach says:

I had the LEEP procedure done in my doctor’s office 3 days ago. Going into the procedure I was REALLY nervous and didn’t know what to expect. The entire “surgery” if you’ll call it, was over in 10-12 minutes (I’d say the biopicies were worse). I know you’re in a vulnerable position but ladies if you can get through the numbing injections (semi painful) it’s a walk in the park. Us women are built tough! It’s been 3 days days and the recovery process is nothing worse than a bad period so hang in there it truely hasn’t as bad as I thought!

August 16, 2010 at 11:22 am
(261) Nicolette says:

I am going in for my SECOND LEEP in a few weeks. I wanted to inform everyone that just because one LEEP was performed doesn’t mean it’s the end of abnormal cells.

August 16, 2010 at 12:39 pm
(262) Katie says:

Hi there. I had research blogs, books, etc the past two weeks, when I knew I needed a LEEP. I had it this morning. I had been crying off and on all week and was a wreck this morning. This is my experience.
The procedure itself did not last more than 5 minutes. The dr. gave the injections, which felt like a little poke, not bad at all. Then, I didn’t feel anything about the rest of the procedure. However, I was shaking from both my nerves and the epi. It really is something I should not have gotten myself so worked up about. I was a little dizzy after, again could have been just from my nerves, but all in all, not too bad.

August 18, 2010 at 5:43 pm
(263) Maria Clever says:

I am 24. I went in for my annual pap on 05/05/2010. My pap came back abnormal with mild dysplasia. My doctor had me come back for a coloscopy on 06/16/2010 and the dysplasia had progressed to moderate. By the time I had my LEEP on 07/28/2010, the dysplasia become severe.

The LEEP was horrible. My doctor first gave me a valuum while setting everything up (this was probably the only reason I did not jump off of the table during the LEEP). About 15 minutes after taking the valuum, my doctor gave me a local anesthesia shot. The shot burned and stung. By the time the pain from the shot went away, I realized I could feel EVERYTHING my doctor was doing. Tears starting rolling down my eyes, and I gripped the table as hard as I could. Luckily the LEEP did not last very long, because I didn’t know how long I could have held out. I had severe cramping for five days afterwards, but now everything is fine.

I am so happy I had the LEEP done. If my dysplasia progressed so much in only two months, I would hate to see what would have happened if I didn’t not have the dysplasia removed. The relief is worth every ounce of pain I went though.

August 19, 2010 at 12:54 pm
(264) Sandy says:

I had it done last week in the doctor’s office. I preped by taking 800 mg of Advil and 2 Xanax beforehand so I would be pain free and relaxed. The doctor numbed the cervix. She said she likes to make sure it’s completely numb. The only thing I felt was the needle stick for the numbing. I felt no pain during the procedure. I was done and walking out of the office 15 minutes later. That afternoon and evening my perineal area felt tender, but other than that it was fine.

August 19, 2010 at 5:59 pm
(265) tracy says:

I had the leep done today. I had cin 2 and 3 and i had no pain. After i went to lunch with my hubby. ITS NOT BAD!!!

August 22, 2010 at 2:08 pm
(266) Yvette says:

I had a LEEP done on Friday at the hospital because I had Low Squamous Cells. It’s Sunday today and I feel great! I had not bleeding or pain. I was really scared to get the procedure done due to the comments I read. I was put to sleep with general anesthesia which cuts back on teh pain and bleeding afterwards. If anyone needs one done, request to get it done at the hospital. I hope my pap comes back normal in 4 months. Good luck to everyone that needs a LEEP. I consider myself lucky that I didn’t have a bad experience.

August 27, 2010 at 5:29 pm
(267) Victoria says:

OMG,I go online to read up about this procedure and after reading these posts I feel so Nervous…..these posts make it sound unbearable. IS this case? I had the Colposcopy with No Discomfort whatsoever. I feel like I need to call the Doc for an Ativan prior to having this done! And why are some having this done in the hospital setting under twillight anesthesia? Mine will be Outpatient with a Local for Mod. Dysplasia and HPV.

August 27, 2010 at 7:05 pm
(268) Nicole says:

I had an abnormal pap that showed moderate dysplasia. Some biopsies were taken that came back showing moderate to severe dysplasia on my outer cervix and endocervical. That is when the decision was made to do the LEEP procedure. My doctor gives a valium for light sedation beforehand and I took ibuprofen before getting to the office, so all I felt was the heat from the procedure but no pain. I have had bleeding for three weeks, but no abnormal odor or discharge otherwise.

August 31, 2010 at 6:24 pm
(269) Sandy says:

I had a LEEP done in April of ’10 and again this coming sept. The procedure was fine. They used a local anesthetic was fine a little cramping for a day but not bad. Because of family medical history this second one is to determine what kind of historectomy I will have. Only scared if it is still determined that I can have cancer anyway.

September 6, 2010 at 8:54 pm
(270) Calli says:

I had the LEEP procedure in November of ’09 when I was sixteen for moderate dysplasia. I was put under local anesthetic, but the post procedure symptoms terrified me and left me in excruciating pain. I was not sexually active and I was terribly unaware of what was happening. Nobody explained the procedure to me or even what dysplasia was. I didn’t have much bleeding, but instead I had extremely heavy and odorous black discharge that sometimes contained pieces of what I assumed was my body rotting from the inside out. I was afraid that I’d never be able to have children and would die from cervical cancer. It was a horribly unpleasant experience and regret having to be so traumatically petrified of what was happening to my body. If your doctor suggests the LEEP procedure, PLEASE do your own research on it. Never rely on a doctor or anyone else to inform you.

September 7, 2010 at 1:38 pm
(271) Deana says:

I had a cone biopsy done. A friend said to cough as they punched the whole it worked I only felt a pinch. It did throb after for a few days. I had a Leap done 2 weeks after.ASK questions my doctor was going to give me lidocaine and epi if I had not researched it i would have probably been in serious trouble. I cant have epi do to high blood pressure. I only had Lidocaine. Please bring something to focus on music a caring person to hodl your hand. It was very uncomfortable. I could feel right side alot but she did not Have time to use more lidocaine. i held my breath and grit my teeth the pesron with me helpd me through it. I will not be going back to this doctor. Make sure you feel comforable with your doctor ask questions. I know that some doctors have a gel they can use so you dont feel the lidocaine ask for it!! The bleeding was pretty bad two days. I had slowed down then a sharp shooting pain and started blleding bright red but slowed down now and stopped 5 days later. I still have discomfort on the left side. But this was nothing like having babies natural. Please dont think it’s the worst pain ever it’s not.

September 8, 2010 at 9:12 pm
(272) Allison says:

I am having the LEEP procedure done tomorrow. Thank you for the positive comments. I know I will get through it and am lucky that the doctor caught the abnormal cells when she did. To those of you who posted horror stories…. how does this benefit others? What choice do we have when told by a professional we trust that this is the best alternative for our health and future? It is one thing to leave a true, yet unpleasant, story and another entirely to post a horrific depiction of your experience (one of millions, might I add) that is the top hit on google, which will be seen by people with enough anxiety over the procedure as it is.

September 18, 2010 at 6:22 pm
(273) Q says:

I agree! I’m having the LEEP done in a few weeks and some of these posts have
made me really nervous! I know everyones body is different but I trust my doctor! My Colposcopy wasn’t bad at itt just mild cramping for a few hours. I’m asking anyone who will, to pray for me and any other women that have to go through this! Thanks!

September 20, 2010 at 9:42 pm
(274) Monica Yve says:

Everybody is different!! I think that I am the strongest as they come but to be honest when you are scared and nervous about an upcoming procedure, you’re just purely scared and nervous about a medical procedure. I had no time to freak out about the colposcopy; went to see the gyno on a Monday (Aug. 3oth) and he scheduled me to have the colposcopy on Wednesday morning (Sept. 1). A week later he called with the results from the biopsy and I had a week in a half to prepare for the LEEP. So, now I had time to freak out. I was trying to not think of all of the possible things that could go wrong…And I trust my gyno with my life, but human nature, I started freaking out. Had the LEEP on the 15th of Sept. (anesthetic of course). It was outpatient, so, family took me home and we went to IHOP for pancakes :) Realized it wasn’t as bad as I thought. I freaked out for nothing. But everyone IS different because about two days ago I have been having mild/moderate cramping that wont go away! And reading these posts – there are some who did not experience that. I also felt crappy because I felt like I was a little young (24) to have this procedure but there are some ladies who posted that had the procedure younger than me. So these posts have helped me alot…some playing it down as if it was a walk in the park may be slightly insensitive but again, every woman has a different experience. To those who are having the procedure good luck and my prayers go out to you. Just stay encouraged…it’ll be over before you know it.

September 22, 2010 at 5:07 pm
(275) AH. says:

I had the LEEP procedure done today.

It wasn’t that bad at all. The Dentist is way worse.
I had ten minutes of pain afterwards..slight twinge with the freezing. No problem, hardly any bleeding.

I read some of these comments yesterday and i felt like I
was going into battle………..nothing like that at ALL.

September 23, 2010 at 2:31 am
(276) jacquie says:

my doctor told me that i have HPV, and precancer. she recommended THE LEEP. i haven’t decide what to do yet. she said i can wait o do the LEEP. THANKS FOR ALL YOUR ADVICES , I THINK THE BEST IS DO THE LEEP. QUESTION?
how many times do i need to do it?

September 24, 2010 at 8:51 pm
(277) Bran says:

I have to have this done soon and I am a very BIG sissy and VERY scared! I have read all 276 comments cuz Im so worried bout it! I have dealt with these cancerous cells for about 6 years now! I am def gonna see if I can go to the hospital and get it done! Thank you everyone for all your information and stories! You are all very strong women!

September 28, 2010 at 2:59 pm
(278) Lauren says:

I have had the LEEP procedure done 4 times, the first in 1995 and they used shots to numb the area, the other three under anesthesia. I STRONGLY suggest having the procedure done under anesthesia. It is far less painful and I experienced a much lower level of anxiety. After each LEEP procedure my paps were all normal. From what I have been told, there is still a lot to be learned when it comes to HPV. I have been told two theories by my doctor regarding the return of HPV after having a regular pap. First, the HPV virus was not out of my system, thus causing it to return. The second, which is what I beleive, is after the LEEP procedure my body was rid of the virus but I was infected again by another partner, which would make sense because since my first procedure in 1995 I have had 3 partners, the exact same amount of LEEP procedures I have had. Although my partners were all tested prior to unprotected sex for STD’s, I have found that men are NOT tested for HPV. I dont even think they offer the HPV test for men, but I could be wrong. Something for you ladies to think about.

October 2, 2010 at 8:00 pm
(279) terry says:

i jus had mine done last week and the past couple days i have been experiencing strange discharge like layers of skin with blood…disgusting…i know but im a lil worried about that lol….. anyone esle experience this….

October 4, 2010 at 8:19 am
(280) Heidi says:

I had the LEEP procedure done about 2 weeks ago and I can honestly say that it was not bad at all. There was a slight “pinch” when injecting the cervix to numb it but other than that it was not bad at all. I read many of these comments before hand and was very scared. Every woman is different and each procedure will be different. I highly recommend you discuss your fears with your doctor and what to do if you have a low tolerance for pain. I was a little tense during the procedure but I focused on my breathing and picked a spot on the ceiling and focused on it. Pain is mind over matter. They can sometimes do this procedure where you are completely put under but that also comes with other various complications. I was able to get up and drive myself home after the procedure. Yes, I did have some cramping but I followed the direction of my doctor and just took it easy for the rest of the day. I have not been very fond of the recovery time, I have had to wear pads since the procedure, and still had some slight cramping…..nothing worse than regular old “period” cramps. I have not been able to resume with my regular work outs yet and that is a little frustrating, but I try a little each day and see how I feel. My husband is very supportive and understanding and has been extremely helpful during all of this. To sum it up, discuss things with your doctor, listen to your body, take it easy and be sure to have supportive people around you. You will be just fine!

October 4, 2010 at 8:19 am
(281) Heidi says:

I had the LEEP procedure done about 2 weeks ago and I can honestly say that it was not bad at all. There was a slight “pinch” when injecting the cervix to numb it but other than that it was not bad at all. I read many of these comments before hand and was very scared. Every woman is different and each procedure will be different. I highly recommend you discuss your fears with your doctor and what to do if you have a low tolerance for pain. I was a little tense during the procedure but I focused on my breathing and picked a spot on the ceiling and focused on it. Pain is mind over matter. They can sometimes do this procedure where you are completely put under but that also comes with other various complications. I was able to get up and drive myself home after the procedure. Yes, I did have some cramping but I followed the direction of my doctor and just took it easy for the rest of the day. I have not been very fond of the recovery time, I have had to wear pads since the procedure, and still had some slight cramping…..nothing worse than regular old “period” cramps. I have not been able to resume with my regular work outs yet and that is a little frustrating, but I try a little each day and see how I feel. My husband is very supportive and understanding and has been extremely helpful during all of this. To sum it up, discuss things with your doctor, listen to your body, take it easy and be sure to have supportive people around you. You will be just fine!

October 4, 2010 at 8:19 am
(282) Heidi says:

I had the LEEP procedure done about 2 weeks ago and I can honestly say that it was not bad at all. There was a slight “pinch” when injecting the cervix to numb it but other than that it was not bad at all. I read many of these comments before hand and was very scared. Every woman is different and each procedure will be different. I highly recommend you discuss your fears with your doctor and what to do if you have a low tolerance for pain. I was a little tense during the procedure but I focused on my breathing and picked a spot on the ceiling and focused on it. Pain is mind over matter. They can sometimes do this procedure where you are completely put under but that also comes with other various complications. I was able to get up and drive myself home after the procedure. Yes, I did have some cramping but I followed the direction of my doctor and just took it easy for the rest of the day. I have not been very fond of the recovery time, I have had to wear pads since the procedure, and still had some slight cramping…..nothing worse than regular old “period” cramps. I have not been able to resume with my regular work outs yet and that is a little frustrating, but I try a little each day and see how I feel. My husband is very supportive and understanding and has been extremely helpful during all of this. To sum it up, discuss things with your doctor, listen to your body, take it easy and be sure to have supportive people around you. You will be just fine!

October 6, 2010 at 8:47 am
(283) judy says:

i had this procedure done many years ago and it was the worst pain i ever endured. the local did not work and when i told my doctor that i was having terrible pain, etc. she just didn’t care and her answer was that she gave me the local. a day or two after i had severe bleeding. this was an awful procedure

October 6, 2010 at 9:18 pm
(284) CeCe says:

Hey ladies! I just got the call from my doctor today that i have to have the LEEP. Its sad because i’m only 21, i have been with my boyfriend, who i gave my virginity too, for 2 years and i havent even been having sex for a year, how could this just creep up on me:( My pap came back abnormal, which is my first pap, i figured i didnt need to get one until 3 years after i’ve had sex like my regular doctor told me. Sucks for me though, because it came back abnormal:( The colpscopy(spell check lol) also came back abnormal showing i had precancerous cells. I’m waiting on them to call me and tell me if my insurance will cover the procedure, and after reading all of these comments, i’m kind of scared and happy at the same time. I’m happy because its great they have a procedure that can get rid of something so soon which can cause cancer….i only hope they had procedures like this to prevent breast cancer and every other cancer known in the world. I’m scared because hearing everyones horror stories gets me kind of shaky! Lol, although my biopsy/colpscopy wasnt so bad to me. Any help with what i’ll need to do to prepare myself for this procedure??? Any advice will really make me feel alot easier:)

October 7, 2010 at 9:00 pm
(285) melony says:

My pap came back high risk HPV, HSIL. My colpo came back severe dysplasia. LEEP scheduled in 2 weeks in office (I don’t have insurance). What can I expect and has anyone had similar results?

October 8, 2010 at 2:35 am
(286) Becky says:

Hey everyone.

I had my first LEEP procedure done on about 5 weeks ago on a Friday, the next Wednesday, I get a call saying that the cells were deeper than the biopsy said and that is was spreading into the walls of my cervix.

I was back in his office getting it done again. My doctor is AMAZING. Even though he had to do this twice he made sure I have been comfortable before, during, and after.

He provided zanax and pain pills and has been available for all my questions in the weeks after. This has been veery scary for my husband and I who are newly married and want to have kids. Doc assured us we will be fine. Pain is differnt for everyone! Just talk to your doctor!

October 11, 2010 at 1:44 pm
(287) Liza says:

I had the LEEP done 3 days ago as an outpatient under twilight anesthesia due to moderate cervical cellular dysplasia. I don’t remember anything from the procedure. When I woke up, I felt some cramping and noted my pain level as a 4. I was given some IV fentanyl and the pain disappeared. Since leaving the hospital, I have had zero pain and zero discharge. It’s like nothing happened. I suspect in several days the glue-like compound that they use will come out, similar to what happened after the colposcopy/cervical biopsy procedure. The LEEP was such an easy process, and I definitely recommend doing the procedure under anesthesia to alleviate anxiety.

October 11, 2010 at 6:09 pm
(288) Sarah Carter says:

I am having a LEEP done on Wednesday. I am not so worried about the procedure itself, what worries me is waiting for the results, everything ok or cancer!! that really scares me.

October 12, 2010 at 9:31 am
(289) Candace says:

I had the LEEP done 14 years ago. Piece of cake! I wonder if those of you out there complaining of complications and pain have doctors that know what they are doing. I was in an out in under 4 hours, done in hospital with anesthesia. Done on a Friday, back to work on Monday. Minimal bleeding…NO complications. A friend of mine also had it done…different doc…same results, a worry-free procedure and follow-up.

October 13, 2010 at 5:10 am
(290) bcmonroe says:

Had a LEEP procedure done in my GYN’s office yesterday and didn’t feel a thing! My worst fear was feeling the shots of the local anesthetic and he was done before I even knew he started. The shots did make my heart rate go up slightly and I felt a litte flushed and overheated, all normal reactions. After about 5 minutes that all goes away and they continue with the procedure. The preparation takes longer than the actual procedure itself. Just remember that everyone and every doctor is different. Don’t let the horror stories scare you like I did. I was on the verge of taking Xanex to calm me down, but I’m glad now that I didn’t. I came home and slept for a couple of hours and woke up to some moderate cramping, but nothing that a few Advil didn’t fix. Minimal to no bleeding at all. I hope this helps at least one person to go into this procedure a little more calmly than I did.

October 16, 2010 at 6:04 pm
(291) Jayle says:

I had the leep procedure done yesterday morning. I had high grade dysplasia which they wanted to get rid of before it turned into cervical cancer. The procedure didnt seem long to me because i was under general anesthesia, when i woke up in the recovery room i felt a little tired/dizzy but that was normal i was so happy it was over with. However, i felt like i had to go to the bathroom and as soon as i got up i felt blood gushing out of me:( I lost so much blood they didnt know what was going on or what was wrong and had to stop the blood as soon as possible. However i was no longer under anesthesia so i felt everything. My doctor had to put these dissolvable bandaids and the same solution they used for the colopscopy to stop the bleeding. After the bleeding stopped i was sent home and i have not had any heavy bleeding since then:) Everyone is different some women bleed right after/during surgery and some may bleed days or weeks later. However it is normal, just make sure to check with your doctor if it is too much bleeding and you feel nauseous

October 19, 2010 at 3:40 am
(292) Hattie says:


Like everyone else, I have to get the LEEP done. My question is that I have an IUD – can/does this remain in place or do they have to take it out prior to the LEEP? I’ve never had kids, don’t want any, the IUD was because my periods were so heavy (I was also on the pill full-time no monthly breaks). I’m not so much scared of the proceedure (Dr has already said it will be under anastheia)but rather what happens after. I travel for work to customer sites both US and Int’l and can’t handle weeks of bleeding nor can I take weeks of time off (I work from home when not on the road). I know I won’t know how I react until I get it done, but is there anything to “speed up” the bleeding/recovery so I don’t lose my job???

October 19, 2010 at 9:27 am
(293) Lakin says:


I have an IUD, it remains in place. I have had the LEEP procedure twice. Had it 2 weeks ago and also in February. The first time it wasn’t that bad i just had some black discharge and mild cramping. This time around i haven’t had any of that discharge and i didn’t have any bleeding at all. Make sure you rest after you get it done and the day after.

October 19, 2010 at 10:37 pm
(294) Tam says:

I avoided the LEEP for almost two years out of fear…today, I had it done. It wasn’t bad. Everyone was really sweet and accommodating. My doc gave me “twighlight sedation” so I don’t really remember much. I woke up in a recovery room with a pad between my legs. LOL :-) It’s 10:30 now, and I had my leep at 2:00p. I do feel some pinching/cramping, but it’s not that bad. My doc suggested 600mg of Motrin every several hours. I hope to heal quickly. I think this calls for a spa day.
*HUGS* to all of you. xoxoxo

October 24, 2010 at 12:02 am
(295) Lace says:

I had my LEEP on 10/20, now it is three days later… I have only had very light spotting, some cramping not even as bad as a period, and just today I started having a dark brown discharge. I walked out of the hospital on my own not even a half hour after the procedure and was back to work the next day. The worst part was when they gave me the local anesthetic, during the rest of the procedure I was talking to the nurses and joking around with them. When the doctor said she was done, I was shocked… I didn’t feel one thing other than the shot and it only took 15 minutes for the whole procedure. Like others on here have said, the biopsy was much more painful and uncomfortable.

October 25, 2010 at 4:29 pm
(296) Emily Dawn says:

I had a Colposcopy with biopsy done 4 weeks ago and it was AWFUL!!! I almost jumped off the table. My doctor wanted to do the LEEP as well on the same day, but I said no way. She suggested that I have it done at the hospital under general anesthesia, for comfort reasons. So last week, on 10/20, I went to the hospital, went to Pre Op where they gave me some sort of relaxer, since I was anxious, then they took me to the operating room. The last thing I remember is them putting an oxygen mask over my face, then I woke up in the recovery room about an hour later. Here we are, 5 days later, and I have had VERY MILD cramping. The cramping was actually worse with the biopsies I had done. I have very light spotting from it and the medicine she used afterwards is an orange color, and has a wierd odor. I suggest talking to your doctor about your options as far as comfort and pain management if you are unsure about it. I wouldn’t have done it any other way. I have a very low tolerance for pain. I can’t even get a Pap Smear done without wanting to cry. Good Luck to you all! (P.S. My doc called me 2 days later to tell me they got all of the abnormal cells out, YAY!!) ALthough, I need to get a Pap twice a year now for a long time, to make sure they don’t come back…

October 25, 2010 at 8:49 pm
(297) Brittany says:

I had the LEEP done in 2007. I was between stage 3 and 4. It wasn’t uncomfortable and I had some minor pain after but much better than having to go through serious cancer treatment. I’m glad that I had it done. The only thing I experience now is that I when I have intercourse I usually bleed, sometimes a little and sometimes a lot. Does anyone else have this problem? Also, if I have had the gardsil shot should I still be worried that I could pass this on orally to my boyfriend? I get my pap every year and I have been clear ever since. I need answers!

October 26, 2010 at 3:11 pm
(298) Stacy says:

I had the LEEP procedure on October 14th, 12 days ago. I have a wonderful doctor who explained everything to me very well. I had my surgery at a hospital as an out patient under general anesthesia. I did not feel a thing during or after the procedure. My doctor explained to me that it is possible to need stitches and it is harder to heal if stitches are required. I was lucky and did very well, no stitches required and no bleeding at all during the procedure and for several days after. He explained that I can experience some spotting and discharge during the first and maybe more discharge during the 3rd week…I am approaching my 3rd week and I am a little nervous b/c I have done so well I don’t want it to change. I felt great the day after but I followed the doctors recommendation and stayed off my feet. Even though you may feel fine you need to allow your cervix to heal. I just hung around my house for four days. I had the procedure on a Thursday, took that Friday off and gave myself the weekend to take it easy. I guess around Sunday (3rd day after procedure) I began to have some light bleeding and weird discharge (odorless). Yesterday I did have the black discharge that looks like ashes to me, kind of weird but still odorless. This procedure has been very easy for me so far. Other than having to wear a panty liner, no sex, and no gym for four weeks it really hasn’t been bad at all. Like I said ladies, even though you feel fine give your body the recommended four weeks to heal, it is worth it. Don’t take baths b/c it can lead to infection, you have an open wound in your body. Same thing goes for sex, you don’t want to cause an infection or cause unnecessary bleeding. I hope I was able to put some of you at ease about your upcoming procedure. For me it was painless and fast.

October 26, 2010 at 3:15 pm
(299) Stacy says:

I also meant to add that last week I received the call that the pathology test shows my doctor was able to get all the displasia. I had severe displasia and it had began to spread slightly into the canal. I am very relieved my doctor was able to remove it all. Now I hope it does not return. My doctor explained there is a 97% chance it will not return…I hope I fall into the 97%!

October 27, 2010 at 6:19 pm
(300) Suzanne says:

I had my LEEP and Colposcopy on 12 Oct 2010. No pain during or afterwards.
No bleeding until a couple of days ago, and that was just spotting.
I am wondering how long the spotting/bleeding will last.

October 27, 2010 at 6:25 pm
(301) Donna says:

well i have read all these comments and i must say i am scared as all hell right now. i had tyhe biopsy and didnt like not one minute of that and now hear to hear these horror stories. i have one question though is it possible they can put u to sleep???? did anyone ask that???

October 27, 2010 at 8:34 pm
(302) Chantal says:

I had the leep procedure done at 8am this morning.It is now 530pm.Im a tell you I was supposed to have it done three weeks ago but I got scared and cancelled.Last night I stayed up all night reading comments about other woman and there bad experiance.Let me tell you I had just the local and did not feel the shots nor procedure.I was so shocked.But now I feel really week and have a bad headache.I been laying down since I got home.But everybodys experiance is different.I had a good one.Im not spotting or bleeding yet either.good luck to all…….

October 27, 2010 at 10:36 pm
(303) Julie says:

I had the LEEP procedure done two days ago at my doctor’s office. It was quick and virtually painless. There was only a slight pinch when the local was administered. As per my doctor’s instructions, I took two extra strength Tylenol an hour before the procedure and two more again a few hours after. I walked out of the doctor’s office 5 min. after the procedure and resumed my normal activities with only a minimal amount of spotting since. If you have a competent physician, this procedure is nothing to worry about.

October 31, 2010 at 12:50 am
(304) PCAN says:

I had LEEP about 15 years ago. It was extremely traumatic for me. I assume I had a local but I felt huge amounts of pain during the procedure. My body was involuntarily convulsing. The doctor told me that he couldn’t do this on a “moving target”. I do not recall any cramping/post-procedure pain, etc. I may or may not have had it…but I will never ever forget the pain during procedure. I now suffer from vaginismus where my pelvic floor muscles are shortened (sex is usually impossible or it’s just so painful from the burning nerve/muscle pain) Now I can’t say with 100% certainty that my current problems are from the LEEP but I trace them back to that very time. I believe the trauma during that procedure caused my muscles to spasm and shorten. About 9 years ago I went through physical therapy to get those muscles to relax and now currently going through more physical therapy. Although my LEEP was 15 years ago (maybe the procedure was new back then??? Maybe my OB/Gyn was not experienced enough in that procedure??) I would highly recommend opting for general anesthesia. Just thought I’d share my experience. Any thoughts for me on the connection???

November 5, 2010 at 6:11 pm
(305) Nicole says:

I had my procedure yesterday and was completely freaked out about it but overall the thought of it was a lot more scary than the actual procedure. I asked the doctor for anti-anxiety medicine to take right before and she prescribed Adavan. The medicine worked great and I highly recommend it if they’ll give it to you. The equipment in the room was intimidating but after the pinch of the local anesthetic needle I didn’t feel anything besides a little bit of pressure. I left the doctor’s office just a few minutes after they finish and then had minimal spotting and cramping for the rest of the day. I’ve just been taking Advil since I left the doctor for the cramping and feel pretty good. Don’t let some of the horror stories on here scare you too much. I know it’s different for everyone but it really does sound worst than it actually is and that’s coming from someone who hates needles, blood and has had very little experience with surgeries.

November 12, 2010 at 10:35 pm
(306) Jennifer Noyes says:

Its been a hour since my leep, I got myself really worked up, tears and everything. I was prescribed some ativan 2tablets under the tongue) to take before the appointment and I took 2 extra strentgh advil. The ativan made me sleepy but didnt get rid of the nervous tummy. As for the procedure, I had my boyfriend in with me to hold my hand, it definitely helped. I felt the speculum being put in, a little wider than usual but bearable, then the needles-not pleasant but bearable. My advice is to just keep your bottom half still, try to relax, think of good things, listen to some music, sing a song in your head. Before you know it, it is over and the only thing that made me squirm a little was the speculum and the first injection and even those were bearable and I am a WIMP. I am glad it is over I must say, the things us girls have to go through!!! Good luck to9 you all, be brave and just think this is saving us from anything worse, it is worth it :D

November 21, 2010 at 2:03 am
(307) Jessika says:

I have now experienced my 3rd LEEPS procedure, and the doctors at this point want to be ‘virgorous’ to stop any possible cancerous cells…. I’m 25, I have no children and all I want in life is to finish college and have a family that I can provide for (so I’m avoiding a full hyst) I read some other comments, and my opinion is … first one not so bad, more mentally scary and slight physicial discomfort, second and third plus rounds … it gets worse, and more painful and then all they say is it’s cramps and give you naproxen sodium … like HELLLLLOOOO IM IN PAIN HERE !!!!! so not only am I having to deal wth the pain and the mixutre of different tylenols, ibprofens, aleve, and naproxen, (taken different times and limited by schedule so not one starts to work better than the others) but I’m startin to wonder… I’m 25, I want children …. after biopsy and biopsy, colposcopy x3 and Leeps 3 times now, I’m worried how much of my cerivx can be removed and tested before I DON:T HAVE A CERIVX LEFT!!!!!!! I’ve asked the doctors and it’s sort of a shrug off that oh you’re ok, and if you get pregnant they can deal with cervical incompetence…. but I’m worried about me !!!! how much of something so small can you remove and test before it’s too much …. ?

November 24, 2010 at 2:45 am
(308) angel says:

I’m in my 50′s and was told to get a cervical freeze when I was 20 years old. I never did, I didn’t trust this procedure or the doctors enough and I thought it may affect my fertility someday. Anyway, I had 3 children and recently I had an abnormal pap so the dr. did a biopsy. It came back normal … but he still is recommending a LEEP procedure. I don’t think I want to do this. It came back normal! If it came back abnormal I would definitely consider this procedure. What is going on?

November 25, 2010 at 12:09 pm
(309) cline says:

had it done in operating room in 2003 in 2010 it was done in her office never again. only in an operating room awful, awful pain

November 28, 2010 at 6:47 pm
(310) Teri says:

I am having this procedure done next Tuesday, November 30th. I am researching and checking it out a little beforehand, because i am curious and well….. a little anxious. And I’m a little afraid and worried about what to expect. But, I have a wonderful doctor and “she” (it’s funny how everyone refers to their doctor as “he”) is performing the procedure as a precaution and I am OK with that because – Yes, I really do want to know what is going on. I agree that everyone should get a regular exam annually – regardless and any good doctor would recommend that too. Same thing with regular breast exams and mamograms…. for women over 40. (I also have had several family members suffer from breast cancer, but survived. Thank God) On Tuesday, I plan on spending the day working from my bed, if I feel like it (I am a small business owner and I just can’t help myself! ha!) …. About all I can do would be on the computer. So, I will send out my experience to this site so that I can share with everyone. Please pray for me (if you want) – for good health and a good outcome. And I pray for all of you too going through these similar things. Thank You all for sharing…. Hope I can repay the favor with an honest description of my experience…. :)

November 28, 2010 at 9:06 pm
(311) Teri says:

OK, I posted earlier…. I am reading back through everyone’s comments, and the common fear I see is women worried about the pain and all or the option of getting “put out” for the procedure…. My doctor has explained so much to me — I am getting what they call twilight… it is not anesthesia, it is just short of that. So I am not suppossed to feel anything or remember anything… Hope that helps when you are thinking about this or going into this..

December 4, 2010 at 2:35 pm
(312) Sara says:

I had a pap test done when i was 1 month pregnant (age 23). The results came back with abnormal cells and i was given a colposcopy and a biopsy was taken. Since i was pregnant, my doctor thought that the abnormal cells were caused by my pregnancy which is common. Nothing was done with my 1st biopsy. My 1st pap test done after my son was born also came back with abnormal cells and another colposcopy was done where 2 biopsies were taken (age 24). 2 months later, the doctor gave me the results and i was diagnosed with having severe dysplasia. I was scheduled to have a LEEP done for 2 weeks later. I cried, I always wanted to have 2-3 children and even though my husband and I are blessed with our beautiful son, the thought of never giving him a younger brother or sister…killed me! My LEEP was done at the hospital yesterday. I was put under general anaesthetic (for the first time) at 3:15 and i woke up in the recovery room at 3:40. I had minor cramping and my nurse gave me 2 tylenol and i was fine. I was wheeled outside in a wheelchair where my husband was waiting and off we went. So far i have had no bleeding. The pad that was put on me by the nurses had a little orange liquid soaked in but i was told that it was from the cleaning solution used in the procedure. I have had no pain since 10 minutes after my LEEP was done. The only discomfort i have had is when i tried to pee the evening after my surgery. I had a burning sensation followed by the feeling of my insides falling out but today everything is fine. I woke up with a clean pad..not a spot on it and i feel silly for getting myself so worked up for the 2 weeks up until my surgery. I want the women reading this to know that in my experience…the LEEP was not bad at all. My fingers are crossed that my next pap tests come back crystal clear and that my husband and i can eventually expand our family. Good luck to everyone that needs this done and keep ur chin up.

December 11, 2010 at 10:50 am
(313) mmoore says:

I read through every single one of these comments when I was about to undergo my LEEP. I was 21 years old and nervous as hell to even be told I had HPV, let alone that I needed to have a colposcopy followed by a LEEP.

I just want to tell the ladies out there, please don’t be nervous. The best thing you can do for yourself is just to take it in stride- a LOT harder to do than say, I know. But when you calm down about it- not an easy feat for me- you will be much healthier going into it, and coming out.

It’s now been two years, and my last two paps have come back normal! (Knock on wood!) So, don’t worry.

December 15, 2010 at 6:10 pm
(314) Karen says:

I have my Leep proceedure in the beg on January. I have read all these comments and I am happy to say my Dr. is putting me to sleep so I will not remember a thing! I do know he has to take out a lot more than the normal scrapping so maybe that is why, although I am really happy to hear that it works so well! Sorry to all you women who had to be awake for this!!


December 16, 2010 at 8:58 pm
(315) Tiffany says:

Hello ladies okay first let me say I’m only 21 years old with a two year old son. I had recently found out I have HPV so anyway I took a pap which came back abnormal then went to do a colpo and biopsy which classified I have CIN II. I had my LEEP Cone done yesterday and to tell you the truth ladies it wasn’t bad at allllll. Trust me I’ll tell you if it was. But yes my procedure was done in a hospital under general anesthesia so I was knock out I didn’t remember a thing or felt a think. I literally walk out the hospital with no pain, cramping or bleeding. And as for today still no pain or blood which I’m 100% thankful of and hope it stays the same lol. I was pretty freak out about it all but it turn out okay. Now my main concern is when I have to go back for my results next month :( so that’s another story. But yes ladies don’t worry about the leep it’s a piece of cake as long as your knock out you should be good but then again everybody is different. And this was my first leep and hopefully my last. So good luck ladies we are all in the same club here so let’s stand tall and fight for this We will overcome this xxoxo- Tiffany from NY.

December 19, 2010 at 10:06 pm
(316) Cece says:

I’m 21, and have the strain of HPV that may cause cervical cancer. I just had the LEEP procedure done 5 days ago. My doctor told me that there was no need to be uncomfortable during the procedure. I also have bursitis in my hips, and therefore it is very uncomfortable to have my legs in the stirrups. I chose to do the procedure in the hospital as an out-patient. I STRONGLY recommend this. No pain, no recollection at all. I still have a minimal amount of cramping, light spotting, mild odor and some black discharge which I’m assuming is cervical tissue as it re-grows.

As everyone else says, make sure to get regular paps, and check ups.

December 25, 2010 at 1:29 pm
(317) Lisa says:

I had the leep two weeks ago. The procedure was extremely painful. My doctor gave me about 4 or 5 shots of a local before she started. She told me to let her know if I felt a pinch and she would stop. She told me not to jump if I feel a pinch but that was impossible. She had to give me 10 more shots to fully numb me. It was so painful. I had no bleeding for 3 days after the leep. Then I started bleeding heavily for 7 days. I went back into her office after 7 days of heavy bleeding. She put more of the medicine on it to stop the bleeding. And she gave me iron pills and had me get my blood drawn to check for anemia. One day after going back to see her I started bleeding again and had lots of large clots. I have been on bedrest this whole time. It is aweful. I cant wait for it to be over!!!1

December 26, 2010 at 1:27 pm
(318) Elisha says:

Okay, I’m 18 years old, and I’ve been diagnosed with HPV. I had the LEEP done on the 13th of this month with the local (I’ve been an athlete my entire life, so I believe I take pain well), and to be honest that was the worst of it for me. For a second there I thought my heart was going to beat right out of my chest, though. The rest of the procedure was uncomfortable, but not as bad as the shot. Afterwards, there was a little spotting and mild cramps for about a day which I didn’t mind because my period is usual much worse. It was on about day 8 or 9 after the procedure that it got bad for me. I was having bad stomach pains to the point where the food I had eaten the day before came back up into my toilet. After that it got better though, so I’m not sure if that was a side effect of the procedure or just a coincidental stomach virus. Anyways, I’m coming up on my second week after the procedure, and I’m having some bad vaginal discharge with the odor which has never happened to me before but from the above comments I guess this is normal. I just want to know about how long this may potentially last because its really inconvenient.

December 27, 2010 at 2:15 pm
(319) Lee says:

I just had this procedure done on Thursday. It was the worst experience ever for me. I have multiple children, and I never had pain medicine giving birth to any of them. I had this procedure done in office, and I would tell all of you, never do that. My sister was put to sleep for hers and she was fine, but going through the shots and the procedure is very traumatic for me. It would compare it to torture. After the shots, I couldn’t feel much, unless the doctor touched the sides where it wasn’t numb. Then afterward, I felt great. I really was surprised at how well I felt. But the pain came 3 days later. I cramped pretty bad in the afternoon and evening of day 3. Since then I have had a heavy brown discharge and yes, it does have an odor. I am waiting to talk to my doctor now. And worst of all, most doctor’s try to scare you into this procedure. They act like it is so serious for you to get this done, but really it’s not. These are just cells that “could” turn cancerous, but most often, they won’t it is a virus that your body could heal on it’s own. My friend had the same diagnosis. She didn’t get the treatment, but increase vitamins and her next pap was normal. So if you are young and are not finished having kids, don’t risk having the chance of not conceiving to do this horrrific procedure. And if you have to get it done, do it in a hospital and be put out.

December 27, 2010 at 6:07 pm
(320) Yvette says:

I had a LEEP done on 8/20/10 and had a follow-up pap 2 wks ago. My gynocologist informed me it came back abnormal again!!! I was told when the procedure was done that the pathology lab said all the abnormal cells had been removed and were not cancerous. Has anyone had this same thing happen to them? Now I come to find that it’s abnormal again. I’m so tired of all this crap. I’m 33 yrs old and have an 18 month old baby girl. I have another pap in 6 months. I refuse to have another LEEP done even though my experience was not bad at all.

January 2, 2011 at 6:02 am
(321) Angel Marcus says:

Girls, Ladies,
Don’t do this unless absolutely your last resort. Our bodies can handle HPV and doctors are making a mountain out of a mole hill. I believe it is more racket than anything. When we are young we are so vulnerable to this type of intervention and it can just be hurtful to our health and well-being. Be strong, eat healthily and trust your instincts.

January 15, 2011 at 5:50 pm
(322) cml says:

I had the procedure done December21,2010. I was scarded cause of all the coments saying how horrible the pain was.The procedure was painless , I didnt even feel when she put the local anthesia. I had no pain after the procedure as well infact finished my Christmas shopping that day , and resumed to work day afterwards. So please dont be scarded you will be fine…..

January 18, 2011 at 1:42 pm
(323) Wanda says:

I had the leep procedure on 1/4/11. The procedure was painless except for mild cramping. I did not have any discharge afterwards. However now I am experiencing very bad cramps and very heavy menstrual bleeding. I never have cramps or bleed heavy so i am thinking this may be due to the procedure. This is second time I have had this done in 4 years. I hope that it will be the last.

January 21, 2011 at 12:57 pm
(324) Tess says:

I just had mine this morning, and the numbing medication (IN THE FORM OF A HUGE NEEDLE) was the worst part. It was over in a few minutes and my doctor was super nice about all of it. I warn you not to look at what they are doing after though, my doctor had the skin she removed on the little side table and was marking it so the lab would know “which end is up” It was nasty to see that. Also, I wasn’t prepared for the way I’d feel emotionally. I feel really depressed and shaky, like I have been violated in some sort of way. It’s tough to deal with, but I felt like this after a colposcopy and I got over it in a matter of days.

The procedure itself, super easy. The after shock, the hardest part. I still haven’t felt any pain and it was done over two hours ago, we’ll see.

January 25, 2011 at 10:53 pm
(325) Lisa says:

I received my 1st abnormal Pap in March 2008. I had mild dysplasia; was told would be monitored with re-Paps every 3 months to see if it would clear on its own. Paps were abnormal until Jan. 2010 when I had 3 consecutive normal Paps. I had only needed one more normal pap to be considered ok. During that last quarter, my beloved Mom passed away and it was very stressful and emotionally draining. That last pap did come out abnormal. I had the colposcopy/biopsy done and it came out normal but still the Dr wanted me to have the LEEP done. I asked if we could just re-Pap in 3 months due to the circumstances of my Mom passing and the emotional and physical drain it had on me. At first, they said yes but now the Dr just called me yesterday and said after conferring with her colleagues, they felt the LEEP was the best way to go. Haven’t scheduled LEEP yet but it does help me reading other experiences. My heart goes out to all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you!

February 19, 2011 at 9:51 am
(326) Mari-Ann says:

Yesterday I had LEEP Procedure. Before the procedure I ready several blogs. It seemed clear that the injection of the Novocain was the incredibly painful. And the recuperation of the procedure had at least some discomfort. I was prepared for the worst. In preparation I took a Motrin before leaving my house. I had my crocheting with me in the room hoping between the two my mind would be somewhat distracted. The procedure was performed in my doctor’s office and I would be fully awake. When the doctor and nurse came in they donned their masks. I was prepared for pain. I clung to my yarn waiting and waiting. My legs were nervously shaking (or though I thought) and I was cold. It seemed the doctor and nurse were trying to get the instrument to work properly. I just though that if they cannot get the instrument to work I do not want to go through this anxiety again. I suddenly felt this odd feeling that something was being “sucked” out of me. I asked the doctor what it was and he told me it was the spectrum being removed. I asked him if he was done with the procedure. He told me that he was. I asked him if he ever gave me the Novocain injection. He told me that was why my legs were shaking and I was so cold. I was completely stunned! There was NO pain or discomfort. I was prepared to have lots of bleeding and cramping afterwards. Other than a warm sensation about 3 hours after the procedure which lasted maybe 5 or 10 minutes there was nothing. The procedure was yesterday and I still feel absolutely normal without any bleeding. My guess is the pain or discomfort one feels during and post a LEEP procedure strongly depends on the individual plus the technique of the doctor. I hope this help someone else who is anxious about the procedure.

February 23, 2011 at 11:03 am
(327) Emily says:

DON’T think of the negative comments, EVERYONE is different. If you go in thinking all these things it will be BAD. The more relaxed you are, the less painful. The more tense you are the more you will feel. I almost didn’t do it before the speculum entered because I was so tense, but once I relaxed and stopped thinking about all of the things I read, it was a LOT easier.
Breathe in slowly through your nose and out slowly through your mouth. Think about something entirely different than the procedure. Take someone into the room with you and hold their hand, Focus on your breathing. have the nurse and the person who is there with you count down from 100 as you breathe, I know it seems like a small thing but it really helped me.
The procedure itself is all of 10 minutes long. They freeze you, If you relax and think about other things you truly won’t even notice, seriously if you have ever had cramps it doesn’t even measure comparable. Especially if you DON’T think about it!
Once that kicks in, your body will be buzzing but nothing major. The procedure itself was a LITTLE painful, I had them put a cold cloth over my eyes and I just counted my breathing. The LEEP is not pain free. But it will hurt a lot more the more you GOOGLE it. Your mind is a Wonderful tool, it can enable you if you let it!!!
The LEEP was virtually maybe a minute between them removing the cells and them closing it up. Take your time and get prepared for the procedure, Take 2 Aleve which is Neoproxin Sodium (Sp?) about an hour before it is what worked for me, it is over the counter and seriously all you will need. BREATHE.
Call your doctor if you have any questions. It is an uncomfortable situation but it will ONLY make you stronger, and you are only doing it to get better!

I had it done yesterday and I am fine! A little sleepy from how stressed I was but NOTHING major. Seriously. No one should have to be sick, but it could be much worse.

February 24, 2011 at 5:36 pm
(328) Michelle says:

I was scheduled for one this morning. I live 1 1/2 hours from the hospital and had to be there for 8am. I canceled, had about two hours sleep, it was -18 and dark. I just couldn’t do it. I did reschedule. I’m more stressed about the drive in, than I am about the procedure. Emily (327) you cracked me right up when you said it will hurt more if you google it. Thats probably true..:)

February 28, 2011 at 4:39 pm
(329) Shauna says:

I had my first biopsy/colposcopy a little over a month ago. Regular paps are pretty bad for me so I was scared. An hour b4 the colposcopy/biopsy I took 1 1/2 T3′s and one of my moms Clenazepoms. When I had to get in the chair I was feeling pretty happy and relaxed. I didn’t feel a thing not even when he clipped 2 samples. It was a breeze and only took 5 minutes. They called me a few weeks later saying they wanted me back for another colposcopy/biopsy. They wanted to check higher up in my cervix. Uh oh. This time I took 2 T3′s and 2 Clenazepoms an hour before. Even with the drugs I felt it this time and it was way worse than the first one but not unbearable. It lasted longer almost 15 minutes I would say and it was definitely uncomfortable. I yelped when she took the sample. Not sure why so different I thought it would be the same since I took more drugs. Maybe because they took a sample from a different area and the fact that it was a different doc. So now I am scheduled for a LEEP. I want to be put to sleep but doesn’t seem to be an option here in Canada.

March 1, 2011 at 12:01 pm
(330) Lisa says:

I haven’t had the LEEP done yet but will have to. I’m asking those of you that have had the procedure done, how was your recovery time — i.e., the 4-6 week period AFTER the procedure was completed? Would definitely appreciate your input on this.

March 3, 2011 at 9:38 pm
(331) Jennifer Noyes says:

I had my leep done last November and commented above on it (#306) whilst I was still a little high on ativan. I worked myself up before the appointment, took 2 ativan which kinda helped. The only pain I felt and it was minimal and short lived was the first injection of anaesthetic into my cervix. Afterwards I stayed off of work for 2 days as my job is kinda physical. They tell you to be careful with heavy lifting for up to 4 weeks and not have sex for that time either. The bleeding for me didnt’t start until a week after and it lasted 3 weeks, wearing pads for 3 weeks was a little annoying, there was a slight odour for that time too. As some other people have said, the more relaxed you are, the easier it will go. If you already have it in your mind that it is going to be horrific then the mind will believe it. I didn’t even get put to sleep and I am the biggest wimp in the world. Be brave, it’ll all be over before you know it.

March 4, 2011 at 10:01 pm
(332) Jessica says:

I had this procedure done at RUMC in Staten Island just the other day. I was very worried about the procedure because I read the comments others had left. I decided to get it done in the hospital so I could be under anesthesia. I realize there are risks involved but I didnt have any reaction to the epidural I had when I gave birth so I felt that I was more comfortable not having to endure any pain. I have to say it was one of the most pleasant experiences I have had! There was no pain involved besides the tiny pinch of the IV needle. I woke up 2 hours later and was able to get right out of the bed and get dressed. My legs felt a bit like jelly from the anesthesia but it wore off quickly. I went straight to McDonalds from the hospital to get an egg mcmuffin! I have not experienced much bleeding and only a little discharge, not more than when I have my period. There was a slight odor, I would describe it as medicinal, I guess it has to do with what the doctor was using. Overall, I got myself all worked up for nothing at all. The worst part of the whole thing was having to wake up so early to be at the hospital. I hope this helps others who are going to have a Leep Procedure.

March 5, 2011 at 4:38 pm
(333) Beth says:

I just had my LEEP done yesterday. I knew I was a wimp and opted for anesthesia (this was not hard core anesthesia…just the “twilight sleep” kind….sort of like when you get your wisdom teeth out) I snoozed through the whole thing, and have had only minimal bleeding & virtually no pain. Just felt a little raw ” down there” last night, but totally ok today. I’m sure I may have some delayed effects….a super heavy period next time, maybe) but as of yet I can’t complain at all. Absolutely no big deal.

March 5, 2011 at 11:02 pm
(334) Brandi Kelley says:

I had the Leep Surgery in 2007. My OBGYN acutally performed my operation at a hospital. I was put to sleep so I felt NO pain during the procedure. I have a VERY low tolerance for pain, so I was scared that I would be in alot of pain when I woke up. But when I woke up I had no pain immediately after or anytime during the healing process. I also had to bleeding, just a “grannual” looking type yellow dishcharge for a couple of days after the surgery. I had stage 4 cervical dysplasia, and since the operation all my pap smears have been normal. I am glad that my doctor caught the abnormal cells before they turned cancerous because I never had any signs or symptoms that there was something wrong. But I would do the surgery all over again if I ever needed to.

March 21, 2011 at 5:19 am
(335) Lisa says:

I had mine three days ago. The pain was absolutely excruciating. It only took about ten seconds, but I started to pass out from the pain. The doctor counted out loud, but I don’t even remember 8. I have a decent tolerance for pain, my body just started to freak out. My legs were shaking uncontrollably and I was screaming out in pain. My doctor did not give me any sort of pain relievers, anesthesia, or tell me that it was going to be painful. I had no idea what to expect. I was expecting it to be like a pap. I think that really would have made all of the difference. After the procedure I was so light headed, my speech was slurred, I started to dry heave, and sweat profusely. After a few minutes of laying there, I was able to get it together. I had really bad cramping the first day, the second day I was just really sore, and now I feel better. Of course there is the bleeding too. I think that it would have been fine if I had been warned and had some anesthesia. I’m pretty traumatized by the whole deal. Just make sure that you have a good doctor. It really wouldn’t have been that big of a deal if it was handled correctly.

March 25, 2011 at 2:28 pm
(336) bittersweet29 says:


I’m a 29 year old mother of three my youngest is six! Two boys and one girl! I’ve had a tubal ligation after my daughter was born out of fear. I had my daughter at home in the bathroom who is fine health wise just asthmatic! After my ligation i got scared of the ob/gyn! I skipped pap smears for five whole years. Finally i started feeling pain so i decide to go to the ob/gyn for a yearly. which pap smear was normal but had signs of hpv. Did the colospoy came back adnormal still! Was told i need a leep done and was schedule for april 11,2011 at 2:00pm outpatient surgery. Told the doctor wasn’t equip to do in office the leep. Does this mean i have cervical cancer ? Does it hurt alot? Will i need help at home after surgery? What are good questions to ask my doctor when we meet april the 5 to discuss procedure.

April 8, 2011 at 2:48 pm
(337) Trish says:

I had my LEEP done yesterday. I am 36 and have no kids.

Going in, I really had no idea what to expect. If you’ve read the notes left by everyone who has had this, you’ll notice that experiences vary widely. Very widely! Some people felt almost nothing, while others had incredible pain. So I will tell you what I went through, but know that you really can’t predict how you personally will react.

I found the entire procedure to be quite uncomfortable. I had originally wanted to be put under but my doctor advised me otherwise – so I was awake for the whole thing. And I did have pain. They did numb the area – that hurt. And it didn’t seem to numb it enough to ease all the pain. It was enough to bring tears to my eyes. It did hurt. It hurt quite a bit. There was also a horrible smell. It was a really unpleasant experience overall.

That said, I know it didn’t help that I was very nervous going in. I was more worked up than I can ever remember. I know that doesn’t help – so try to be calm and go into it with positive thoughts. I allowed myself to get panicked and I think it did make things worse.

After it was over, I felt fine. I had some cramps for the remainder of the day. Nothing too horrible. Just mild discomfort.

It is now the day after. So far today I have felt nothing – I feel perfectly fine. I have had no blood loss at all – I’m wearing a pad but I haven’t seen a drop of anything. Of course, that could change over the next several days.

I am taking it easy, I’ve been in bed since I got home. The doctor told me to take it easy. I know my body went through a lot so I am taking that advice and not pushing my luck. I’m giving myself time to heal and will continue to get lots of rest for the next few days. I took the day off work and am just trying to enjoy being able to relax for a bit.

For everyone who has gone through this, and for all those who will be having it done in future, I wish you the best.

April 11, 2011 at 10:21 am
(338) sarah says:

Before I had mine done 2 months ago, I read a bunch of online comments, and I was a little freaked out.
Straight up, I can’t say I felt ANYTHING relevant, pain wise in 2 months. The procedure was a smidge uncomfortable, and I felt NO PAIN, and post surgery, also NO PAIN. I waited almost 2 months before using a tampon or having sex, since so many ppl mentioned sex hurt after. Again…… NO PAIN.
If I didn’t see the little glass jar containing the removal of my cervix after the procedure, I don’t think I would’ve felt anything had been done at all. The discharge lasted almost exactly 3 weeks like what they said. Just wanted to share this in case anyone is freaking out. Stay calm, you won’t feel much.

April 25, 2011 at 8:31 am
(339) donewiththeleep says:

I had a LEEP a few days ago (on Friday 4/22/11, it is now monday). I was very nervous about it (and all the talk about pregnancy problems for when i want to get pregnant).
The procedure is quick, just a little longer than a colposcopy. The most pain is from the anesthetics. Doc poked me in 4 places with the anesthetic needles, one of them was the most painful thing I have ever felt in my life. Apparently I may have endometriosis or something else that caused the cervix in that area to be so painful.
Be aware that also in the anesthetic is a stimulant that helps clotting after the LEEP BUT that the stimulant makes your heart beat faster and makes you a lot more nervous and jumpy.
The LEEP itself was fine- easy and non painful.
I had bleeding the first day and have had a little random funky-looking bleeding since then. Cramps the first day.
So far so good. Emotionally it disturbed me, but I have a supportive husband that has helped.
Doc said wait two weeks for sex. Husband is anxiously awaiting that day. LOL
Good luck to those out there that are getting a LEEP!
Remember that everyone has a different experience- take everything you read on the Internet with a grain of salt and don’t think your experience is going to be as bad or negative as that…

April 29, 2011 at 4:47 am
(340) almajohnson says:

I had leep today. I will admit I was a nervous mess and scared as hell. But it was not as bad as I thought. Before I went in I took 3 advils and 1 zanax 30 mins before the procedure. The doctor was wonderful. They put a patch on the side of my left leg. Then opened my vagina so he could see the cervix…that was uncomfortable. then he wiped my cervix with some solution. Then injected the cervix with the local. I did feel a pinch, my heart raced some, and I felt shortness of breath. The doctor was reassuring and it was great that my husband was there. Once I numb, all was ok. I did take a wash cloth with Lavender oil because I read that the smell of the procedure is disturbing. The washcloth worked and was the best thing I did. What I did smell was like hair burning. I was sore and did feel pain after the local started to wear out and some bleeding. I took another advil an slept for hours. If you are scared to have LEEP, try not too. I am the BIGGEST baby and a drama queen that passes out when I see needles or blood. If I can do it with out passing out, you can tooo. Take 3 Advils, a Zanax and put your big girl panties on ladies and you will be fine. I go back to see my Dr. in 2 weeks.

May 19, 2011 at 1:25 pm
(341) Guera says:

I had my LEEP done last Friday (today’s Thurs) and it was easy and quick. The doctor gave me some sort of sedative pill beforehand (something like Valium?) to relax me. The local anesthetic felt like a brief burn or pinch, and then I didn’t feel anything except pressure and heat for the rest of the time. THe whole procedure took 20 min max. The only pain I had was immediately after leaving, when I got really terrible cramps (like the kind I used to get in middle school when I had awful periods). I took the pain meds the doctor had prescribed and after a while they kicked in and I went to bed, and from then on I haven’t had any pain at all. Now I just have this watery, yellowish discharge that smells odd, and I have to use pads.

May 23, 2011 at 9:59 am
(342) Lisa Waters says:

Hi Everyone i’ve been reading yur post and want to share with u what issues I am having and what i should do. I see noone has posted since 2008. I also was diagnosed with severe dyslpasia and had a leep perfomed in 2005 and then again in 2008. In 2005 it was my ob’s partner in 2008 it was performed by her my ob-gyn this is the issue i am havin today May 23,2011 due to excess scarrin my cervix is blocked and i have been informed that i need a hysterectomy bcuz last yr in August when i stopped the depo injections i was suppose to get a cycle however since my cervix is so scarred over the blood can’t get thru so i am sittin here with a uterus filled with blood and the pain is excrutiating. I called a lawyer bcuz i do remember consent papers for treatment but i don’t remember them tellin me my cervix would b blocked permanently from scar tissue and friday when i talk to my ob she said this was rare and in her mind she was tryin to prevent me from gettin cervical cancer so my question is should i let them do the hysterectomy ? they show u a cone shaped diagram as to what they will b cuttin from yur cervix but its no way that little cone should have left this amount of scar tissue, the lawyer was basically on the doctors side. I’m scared guys and not sure what to do the pain comes and goes but its like it comes with a vengence. thanks for your suggestions in advance.

May 23, 2011 at 10:08 am
(343) Lisa Waters says:

oops i didn’t scroll all the way down u guys have posted after 2008 but please let me know what u think.

May 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm
(344) Ericka Main says:

Lisa, I just had a LEEP done on Monday and have read up on the topic alot before getting it done. I seen two doctors to make sure the procudure was the right choice. I read alot about the changes after a LEEP and both doctors informed me about the small risk of the cervix closing. Both doctors told me that they could open it though. I would get a second and maybe even a third opinion before getting a hysterectomy. Hope this is helpful

May 31, 2011 at 12:39 am
(345) Ashley says:

I had a leep done about a month ago, I didnt get put to sleep, I got a epidural, everything went fine it took longer for the doctors to set up then the actual procedure! I had barely any bleeding afterwards although i had some discharge! However i have not had my period yet.. so Im wodering if maybe the leep has something to do with it!

May 31, 2011 at 5:00 pm
(346) Lisa W. says:

Thanks Erica:) see the ultasound doctor thought mayb he could make a small incisions to open my cervix up. but after lookin at the ultrasound pics he said just get a hysterectomy. The surgeon wants to do the hysterectomy on the 10th of June. I wanted to get a second opinion but i’m in to much pain to get around. Also i went to the surgeon on the 26th this man circled cervical cancer and pelvis mass on the sheet that u take to the front desk after seeing the doctor. And he’ takin out everything my cervix,uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. Now mind u my ob said she wanted me to keep my ovaries. Its just a big mess and i’m upset bcuz i’m thinkin all this from having the leep in 2008 I think theres some cancer involved and there not being honest with me.

June 1, 2011 at 7:53 pm
(347) Ksmom1004 says:

Hi everyone! I also the the LEEP procedure done..on May 12th, 2011. Recovery is approximately 3 weeks depending on the person. My concern is that I have been wearing a pad since the procedure (3 weeks) and have now gotten my period. I am having about half-dollar size blood clots, throughout the day today. I am also on Mirena and have had a very mild period since I started it about 2 years ago. Since this procedure, I just bled through a pair of underwear as well. Is anyone else having this problem? I am concerned….Your thoughts?

June 7, 2011 at 7:52 pm
(348) Morgen says:

Hi Ladies, I had my LEEP done on June 3rd, and I was TERRIFIED! I had severe glandular dysplasia and I’m still waiting on the results but if you need to have a LEEP done I want to say it’s scary because it’s unknown but its not as bad as it sounds. Everyone’s body reacts differently, I did have the heart racing effect from the local anesthetic, it was a teeny bit painful but really not all that bad. My Dr. gave me 4 injections to numb the cervix in quadrants. I did still feel a bit of the procedure at the lower portion of my cervix but by the time I could say ouch he was done. I had started my period the same day so I can’t comment on how much bleeding afterwards but it wasn’t very painful afterwards just kinda like cramps if I did any bending. I am afraid after reading all the results that I’ll have to keep going through this but for those of you that are fearful, just bring someone with you (my boyfriend held my hand the whole time). The set up takes such a long time and the actual procedure is done quickly. I’m hoping I get some good news this week but the only thing we can do is stay on top of our health and stay positive! Best of luck to everyone!

June 8, 2011 at 11:41 pm
(349) frustrated2011 says:

Hello everyone–I had my first colposcopy five years ago and found it quite painful. They treated that mild to moderate dysplasia with cryotherapy. Now I’m back with mild and moderate areas again and they want to do the LEEP. My gyno and I agreed I was ready for a hysterectomy over a year ago, but because of an unrelated health problem, I am on immune suppressors, steroids, and blood thinners, so my other dr won’t consent to the hysterectomy. I don’t want to go through all this and then have to have surgery anyway! Has anyone else had experience with other medications complicating the procedure? I’m still spotting from the regular biopsy last week; I can’t imagine how long it will take to heal from this. Plus I now have to get Lupron shots and take Norephin to treat endometriosis. Just seems like it would be simpler to do the surgery now and get on with life. I’m so frustrated!

July 6, 2011 at 7:25 pm
(350) mbl says:

hi everyone well i just got the procedure done exactly 10 days ago experience wise not good they said it would only take between 5 to 10 min i was in there for 1 1/2 hours felt pain had conplications doctor could stop the bleeding i was under local and as far as discharge just really disgusting black charcoal looking (bad odor) any one in the same situation?

July 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm
(351) Ana says:

Oh, I must say I am a bit scared now. I’m going to do mine on Friday and I was only afraid of the anaesthesia as I’m going to do a general anaesthesia (I nearly faint in every single colposcopy so the doctor advised that general would be the best for me). But after reading many of these comments now I am actually afraid of the procedure itself and the after effect as well. I have been having abnormal smears for nearly 2 years and the last results said borderline between 2 and 3. I asked the doctor to get treatment while she wanted me to keep on observation, but now I’m not sure anymore if that was the right decision. maybe I should have waited for longer. maybe it would go away. I feel like I can’t cancel it now anyway as I am also afraid of the borderline situation, but honestly I am just scared.

July 21, 2011 at 11:10 am
(352) Babycakes says:

Hello ALL :) I am 20 years old and have HPV, CIN 2, and had the leep procedure yesterday! I had mine in outpatient under local. It was a breeze. Honestly the worst thing about it was waiting before I have researched none stop for 2 weeks and it defanitely made things a lot worse! The actual procedure took about 10 mins and I only felt a pinch from the injection and my legs began to shake and my heart sped up for the numbing shot but I tried to take deep and slow breaths to keep my heart rate under control. This took my mind off of the procedure a lot. Just try to stay calm! I just took a extra strength over the counter pain reliever and haven’t had any cramps or bleeding just some clear yellowish discharge. I am pretty tough when it comes to pain but my mental state is what gets me. I can stay up all night worrying. I’m afraid he didn’t get it all. He said he tried to not take too much because I haven’t had kids yet and really want to :( I’m so scared for the results this has completely ruined my summer. Just stay calm girls and know the actual procedure whether you have it in the doctors office or the hospital, all the way under or just local! For me (since everyone is different) was not anything to stress over!! I am just now worried about the results.. :/ has anyone experienced positive results???? Seems like they are far and few between. Stay strong girls! :)

July 27, 2011 at 1:28 pm
(353) Lorraine321 says:

I had the LEEP done 5 days ago, I was *petrified* leading up to it. Panic attacks, breakdowns and slight depression – all self diagnosed lol
I was lucky to have my mother, sister and mother-in-law to talk to as they had all gone through something similar. My sister had the LEEP done 6 years ago and she has had 2 children since :)
My pap said I had CIN1, my colposcopy said I had CIN3 so a LEEP was scheduled.
Doc said the amount of cervix a typical LEEP removes is so small it does not hinder holding in a baby. But I guess it all depends on how much had to be removed. He also said that as well as the “light sleep” he was gonna numb my cervix – double protection against pain :)
I was unprepared for the pain of the COLPO – I forgot to take a strong motrin before it but the doc didnt seem that bothered for me, so I assumed it was bareable. It was fine until they did a sweep of my upper cervix :o w.o.w! I was forcing myself to not jump off the table/chair thing!! Major cramps, sweats, tears etc.. then sore for a day or 2.
The day of my LEEP, I was scheduled for outpatient surgery – PICK THIS IF YOU CAN!!
I was crying, painicing and freaking out once I was laying, robed, in bed. Then they hooked me up to the IV, I was given my “breakfast” – this actually calmed my a lot! Must be the hunger that increases the feelings of panic.
ALL METAL OBJECTS MUST BE REMOVED from your body, since the electrical things they use may make metal things burn you.
(1 of 2) ………

July 27, 2011 at 1:31 pm
(354) Lorraine321 says:

(2 of 2)……
I was given anesthetic to put me into a “light sleep” – no need for tubes and wires, since you breath on your own.
Next thing I know I was awake, my legs crossed as I had left them – I wondered if they had done anything at all! lol I came around, feeling slightly buzzed talking to whoever would listen. My husband said he was waiting for an hour and a half for me to wake up – I guess I was asleep longer than they thought I would be. We went to the pharmacy to pick up my pain pills (which remain unopened) and went home.
I felt no pain at all, no cramps and a tiny bit of bleeding on the day, brownish stuff since… When the meds wore off by that evening, my legs were cramping from my hips to my ankles! Not bad cramps, just uncomfortable, but my tummy was fine. I was a little weak, but I got energy to do laundry and dishes and was fine.
I took it easy for a few days and on day 4 I went back to work, on my feet for my entire work day. That morning, I had a bit of extra blood but that only happened once that day and that strong metal smell, Im assuming is from whatever chemical they use to stop bleeding. This morning I got a small clot, Im guessing this is all part of the healing process.
I just wanted to say to people reading this, that you do not have to put yourself though more pain than you have to, or over-stress about the surgery – opt for outpatient surgery and let them put you into a light sleep if you can. :) Its less stressful, less painful and you dont remember it!
I am waiting for my pathology results and hope it has taken away the bad cells.
Remain positive ladies!! LEEP is highly effective in doing the job :)

August 11, 2011 at 8:57 am
(355) rj says:

My abnormal pap’s started 2yr ag, prior to that I have always had normal paps (annually). I have had 3 colposcopies & 1 cone biopsy, all of those are w/o neg results. My next pap again abnormal, ASCUS w/dysplasia. Doing the LEEP in 3 wks. Anxious but hopeful. Hope this takes care of things it can be most stressful. All comments have been helpful, @ least I am aware of issues that could arise. Thanks all!

August 15, 2011 at 12:54 am
(356) tan says:

do you have to sprnd the night at the hospital before the procedure?

August 15, 2011 at 12:54 am
(357) tan says:

do you have to sprnd the night at the hospital before the procedure?

August 22, 2011 at 11:10 am
(358) Katie says:

i had a leep done in august 2011….when i was told that i had to hav it done the doctor left out some details like anesthia….but on the day of my surgery everything went great i didnt feel a thing until afterwards of course i had some lite cramping but i was prescribed pain meds for that..i started my period 5 days afterward and it lasted a week on the last day of my period i passed a huge blood clot but nothing since and my period is now gone

September 15, 2011 at 9:22 am
(359) Natasha says:

I had the LEEP Procedure done in April 11. The procedure itself was fine a bit uncomfortable not as painful as the shots to numb me. But each persons pain tolerance is different. The worst part for me was a week later I woke up one morning to a splash. Soon as I hoped out of bed blood came gushing down. I thought wow this is bad but don’t worry. After the first two fist size clots I called my doctor office they immediately recommend that I go to the ER because my doctor was 1hr away. I wore three pairs of underwear one pad and one adult diaper and I was still bleeding through my close. I went to the ER of course they didnt think it was an emergency so they made me wait. I started to have pain and could barely sit. When they finally called me back as I was explaning the story to them I felt weak, fainty, hot, cold, scared, worried the next thing I remember they put me in a wheel chair and took me to a room. I had been bleeding non stop for an hr. Well my blood pressure was extemely low and i was diaophretic. They contemplated having durgery to pack my cervix becuase what happend was I had a spasm which caused the scar on the healing cervix to i guess fall off. Its like having a cut that is healing and you picl at the scab till it bleeds. Well somehow my “scab” fell off. I would have the LEEP procedure all over again because they got all of the dysplasia.

November 5, 2011 at 7:00 pm
(360) a2951056 says:

I’ve said that least 2951056 times. The problem this like that is they are just too compilcated for the average bird, if you know what I mean

November 16, 2011 at 7:49 pm
(361) Katie says:

I had my leep done 11/11/11. Day 5 since the surgery. Unfortunatley I can’t describe my symptoms immediatley afterwards because I started my period the day of my Leep. I worked my nerves up so badly the night before I went for the procedure after reading other women’s horror stories on the internet (should have never “googled” it).
Luckily my Dr. ‘ok-d’ Vallium 20 mins before i went in. It helped ease my anxiety. I couldnt stand the thought of a needle in my vagina so he made sure i didnt see anything. The injection for the local anasthesia was painless, during the whole procedure he kept me calm and told me everything he was doing. Literally 10 mins later he was done!
Everything was fine, luckily i didnt have to be at work that day because of the Vallium medication.
My only discomfort occured a couple hours later i had a slight twinge of cramping (which could have possibly only have been my period). I felt great! Day 2 i was sore for a few hours, but nothing a painkiller couldnt fix. Like i said, today is day 5…No more period, but I still need a panty liner because of my discharge which is clear with black specks. I have been researching the after effects psychologically because ive been crying for no reason today! it has to be because of my leep, not sure why….but I am just so emotional !!

MY BEST ADVICE TO THOSE WHO ARE SCHEDULED TO GET THEIR FIRST LEEP: get off the internet ! there are too many horror stories out there, it really isnt as traumatic as other women may claim.

November 22, 2011 at 4:16 pm
(362) JaeJae says:

I had the LEEP done yesterday and it was positively traumatic. HOWEVER: I have extinuating circumstances…I have a type of MD that causes issues with anesthesia, numbing agents, pain medications, etc…they take about 2 hours to begin working on us.

I wasn’t deadened during this procedure and it was horrid.

The reason I am telling you all this, is to remind you all that if you have ANY problems with ANY type of anesthesia, REMIND YOUR DOCTORS! ALL OF YOUR DOCTORS!!!

November 23, 2011 at 11:41 am
(363) Kate says:

Hi ladies!
I know I’m posting this pretty late, but I feel the need to tell you all that it’s NOT BAD AT ALL.
I don’t know how some of these woman were in such pain, and I’m not saying they’re wimpy or babies about it, I just truly don’t know how they felt so much pain.
They most uncomfortable part of the whole procedure was the spectrum. I’m not going to lie, it was unpleasant, but tolerable! Then after that it was fine. Please don’t stress over this, and don’t read the horror stories. You will be fine! I didn’t even have to go to the hospital, I was in the gyno’s office with only a local anesthetic.

November 23, 2011 at 5:10 pm
(364) Jolie says:

I had a LEEP done on 11/7. I was scared to death cause I didn’t really know what to expect pain wise. I didn’t feel the injection or the LEEP procedure itself. I had minimal cramping afterwards. The worst part for me was the bleeding, which did not set in until about 3 days after the procedure. It got pretty heavy on and off. I did find several weird looking things coming out of me…but the smell was the worst. It was a very foul smell. When I went back for my re-check my doctor said everything was fine and to come back for release in 2 weeks. I am now down to just a light, brownish discharge and not very much of that and the smell has gotten much better. I think alot of how the overall procedure goes has to do with the doctor who performs it. My OB/GYN doctor is wonderful. I started seeing him when I was pregnant with my son in 2005. It’s important to have a doctor who is very experienced and caring.

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